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From: John Floren <john@jfloren.net>
To: Dan Cross <crossd@gmail.com>
Cc: TUHS main list <tuhs@minnie.tuhs.org>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Coastal cultures, collaboration, creativity and Sun vs DEC.
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 18:50:57 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <8VN9-0_HJaGPYYv7VrDzWnd8_gjijL83DOKWP5DLDA6Ca3YvALGGMo3shrQZSXG5zshsYdO8CjUvFhyI6QxqpQu2oGSXlWKNTO3Kr9vmCC0=@jfloren.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAEoi9W4dwfacM63KCfBTqi3_O7e=Bb9=9O1e+GPi_41A=z8W4g@mail.gmail.com>

On Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 at 10:36 AM, Dan Cross <crossd@gmail.com> wrote:

> The question is, to what extent did differences in coastal cultures influence things like design aesthetics? I think it's is accurate to characterize early BTL Unix by it's minimalism, and others have echoed this (cf. Richard Gabriel in the "Worse is Better" papers). But similarly, BSD has always felt like a larger system -- didn't Lions go as far as to quip about the succinctness of 6th Edition being "fixed" by 4BSD?

I've usually attributed BSD's larger size to the enthusiasm of students who delight in adding nifty little toys and tools and options. Although "the Unix Philosophy" gets invoked in hushed tones today, there was presumably fewer fingers being wagged at the Berkeley kids for daring to experiment (except when they filled up the disk).

john

  parent reply	other threads:[~2022-01-11 18:58 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 21+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-01-11 18:36 Dan Cross
2022-01-11 18:45 ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-11 18:50 ` John Floren [this message]
2022-01-11 19:34 ` John Cowan
2022-01-11 20:17   ` Rob Pike
2022-01-11 20:25     ` George Michaelson
2022-01-11 20:44       ` Rob Pike
2022-01-11 20:57         ` Jon Steinhart
2022-01-11 22:17         ` John P. Linderman
2022-01-11 22:41           ` Andrew Hume
2022-01-12  0:15             ` Rob Pike
2022-01-11 22:14       ` Theodore Ts'o
2022-01-13 15:44     ` Dan Cross
2022-01-12 23:15   ` Greg 'groggy' Lehey
2022-01-13  1:34     ` Adam Thornton
2022-01-13 15:37   ` Dan Cross
2022-01-13 16:32   ` Bakul Shah
2022-01-13 16:48     ` Richard Salz
2022-01-13 17:20       ` Bakul Shah
2022-01-13 19:56         ` John Cowan
2022-01-12  3:38 Douglas McIlroy

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