unix was theoretically a sensible design relative to its original intentions. it (and its derivatives) are horrific candidates for your personal operating system when considering any reason other than: they are available.

@deianeira i'm not sure it *was* a sensible design even in those regards because it wasnt particularly designed

@eris lack of design consideration is, in a sense, design consideration, yes? but I completely get where you're coming from. the mother of invention was perhaps most responsible

@deianeira Considering that the originators have tried to build replacements (e.g. plan9) I suspect that they'd agree with you. I see AR rigs (glasses, then contacts, then implants) as maybe our last opportunity to make better choices. Once a couple of stacks have a stable duopoply on that hardware we're pretty much locked in without a major disruption in culture and politics.

@trevorflowers There'll be people saying something similar to @deianeira's toot 20 years after any new platform.

Me, I'll settle for any AR platform that provides as much openness to hacking as Unix and its derivatives today. Or even Windows! I never thought I'd find myself defending PCs as the last bastion of openness. But a more open/hackable platform with poor UX is far better on balance for society than, say, today's popular touch screens.

@deianeira The first OS I used and wrote code on was DEC's VMS. I used it almost exclusively for a couple of years in the early 80's.

When I was first given a login on a Unix computer around 1985 I was shocked at how amateurish it seemed compared to VMS.

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