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Comment Re:It could work. (Score 0) 640

It's not a theory, it's the truth.

In fact the mkLinux you mention was originally a port done by two guys named Mark and Karl, hence "mk".

Steve Jobs saw Slackware on a CD and, being that he wanted to see the floppy disk die, he chose that distro to port as Mac OSX. Most other distros at that point were still on floppy disk. Woz and Seymour Cray were drinking buddies so when they needed some high performance multi-threading support from Cray's UNICOS system, Woz tapped his pal and got access to the necessary code for a handshake rather than the usual multi-million dollar licensing fees.

The whole "NeXTSTEP" thing was to fool investors into thinking they had a solid product, not something they hacked out over a few weeks. In fact if you do any development on Mac OSX or iOS, you will see "ns_____" things called all the time. The "ns" does not mean "NextStep" as many people think. It means "Nice Seymour" as a tip of the hat to the man that made all that code available for free.

I remember all this like it was yesterday.

Comment Re:It could work. (Score 0) 640

Nope. OSX is a fork/mix of early Slackware Linux with some earlier Cray UNICOS multi-threading library support.

NeXTSTEP is based on AT&T SysV UNIX with graphical libraries borrowed from Ashton-Tate's (ahead of its time) Framework suite. If memory serves I think they also uses some of CP/M's successor MP/M 86 for some sweet multiuser stuff.

I remember it all like it was yesterday!

Comment Re:securelevel who? (Score 1) 640

so Linus can turn it off if he wants

I don't know anything about this technical controversy, but I know enough about software to know that this attitude is fucking poison.

Linux isn't a democracy. Committees don't produce good design in any context, whether it be code, or art, or even government - if it works, there is always a coherent vision driving it.

If you don't like that vision, by all means, prove it wrong by competing with your own, but don't push the belief that increasing complexity with a hodge podge of solutions that try to please everyone is ever good design. That always leads to failure.

Comment Re:It could work. (Score 2) 640

Good thing you mentioned Apple's OSX, I forgot about that one in my well-researched history.

OSX is a fork of Linux, Slackware specifically, which itself is some original old Linux code with some Cray UNICOS bolted on for what was then some decent HPC.

Comment It could work. (Score 4, Funny) 640

Remember that forks sometimes do succeed.

Take Linux. It forked from OpenBSD which itself was forked from QNX with smatterings of FreeBSD code.

QNX programmed itself from vacuum tubes and trace wires left on the ground at Quantum Software in Ottawa one evening. Dan Hildebrand (RIP) apparently had something to do with this metamorphosis.

Meanwhile across the ocean, FreeBSD was forked from Windows 95 which itself came from the unholy union of MS-DOS and the GEM environment. MS-DOS was bought from a company in Washington State and was a fork of CP/M. GEM was a stand alone thing and should never have been born.

Where was I? Oh yeah, CP/M. CP/M was a copy of Apple's SOS used in the Apple /// series of super-powerful business computers. The source code was left at an airport where Gary Kildall read it when his plane was on auto-pilot.

Apple SOS was a mix/fork of Apple ProDOS and TRS-80's OS; I forget the name, not important. Radio Shack forked their TRS-80 OS from some source code they saw in Lions' Commentary on UNIX 6th Edition.


Comment Re:Hmmmm (Score 0, Troll) 892

So she's a social justice warrior troll doing this for attention? Called it earlier.

Since we're predicting things, I'm predicting you're a gamer gater conspiracy theorist who yells "SJW!" when you step on a Lego.

You do realize you're an actualized stereotype, right? You're who feminists visualize when they want to feel good about being right.

Comment Re:"Women don't like trash talk, be more sensitive (Score 2) 892

Projection? You're denying the elephant in the room. Rather than dig up all the feminist teeth gnashing over this when it was news two years ago, let's just get it from the filly's mouth:

I don't think this is a gendered topic.

Two questions later...

I think that my perspective is somewhat coloured by both my gender and my age... So I think they picked up a little bit of the brogrammer culture... that just doesn't work for people who aren't men

Oh dear, gender essentialism... tsk tsk. There's nothing preventing women from learning and appreciating this "brogrammer culture". Women have done it forever, until feminist called them "cool girls" and started shaming them.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.