narvi at haldjas.folklore.ee
Tue Mar 9 13:32:22 PST 2004
On Tue, 9 Mar 2004, Johnson David wrote:
> On Tuesday 09 March 2004 05:29 am, Willie Viljoen wrote:
> > That's what KDE and GNOME are for, to add desktops to UNIX operating
> > systems, the operative word being "add". UNIXes were never meant to
> > be desktops. Adding a desktop to a UNIX is a great idea as it opens
> > up UNIX to a new market, but that's still no case for turning UNIX
> > itself into a desktop system.
> UNIX was never meant to be a "desktop", but that's only because there
> wasn't a concept of "desktop" back then. UNIX was the desktop of its
> day. When everyone else was making systems to run on expensive
> mainframes for governments and huge corporations, UNIX was made for a
> mini-computer affordable by universities and smaller companies.
More importantly, unix was designed to be an interactive, timeshare system
and not batch. just because interactive back then meant terminals doesn't
mean we have to use it that way now.
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