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It's not a direct match, but I think you'd be fascinated by aspects of Plan9's model. It certainly comes closer to what you've described than Unix does. Depending on exactly what you mean or you're envisioning, it might be really close.

The problem, of course, is this either breaks existing software or requires new software to be written from scratch to utilize the new frameworks. This was (one of) the reasons plan9 never gained much traction, and the big hurdle for any contender to the TTY/shell throne.

(It's also worth pointing out microsoft themselves reworked their terminal interfaces to be more unix-like for this very reason -- software compatibility)




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