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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 11:36 pm    Post subject: Manipulation Reply with quote

The essence of desktop software is manipulation.

Today's architects debate rich versus thin client, Open source versus Closed source. These are not the issues that concern people.

The original Unix was built recursively, layer upon layer. The reason was to give users the ability to manipulate the system appropriate to the task. Easy scripting, line commands, applications, services, compilers. From the deep to the shallow, the simple to the complex, Unix is the real ecosystem of computing.

Microsoft is attempting to build a manipulative enviroment with Vista (although few see this). Linux already has this to some extent, though it borrows the java JRE and .NET frameworks (http://go-mono.com) and has nothing native.

The missing idea from Linux/Unix is that people want to manipulate objects, not files. The problem with Windows is that its proprietary nature causes them to limit what a person can do. You can only go so deep and then a big No Trespassing sign appears.[/b]
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