Manoj writes "Rob Pike of Bell Labs (Yes, that [Rob Pike]) says that systems software research is irrelevant. At a time when computing is almost the definition of innovation, research in both software and hardware at universities and much of industry is becoming insular, ossified, and irrelevant. Where is innovation? At Microsoft, mostly. Exercise: compare MS software in 1990 vs MS software today. He states that Microsoft has been working hard, and that on many (not all) dimensions, their products are superior technically. Linux is the hot new thing, but it is merely a copy of the same old stuff. And anyway, the exciting thing about Linux is the development model, and researchers contributed little to that. He states that the excitement, the art, of systems research is gone. "