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My interpretation of what Ryan is saying: Programming languages, libraries, and linux distributions are more complex than they should be. When you use them in your products, you contribute to the problem. When you're thinking about them, you're wasting your time because your users don't care about your tools. One day we'll decide it's easier to throw them all out and start over.

Overall, I don't agree with this.

Complexity arises because what we want to do is complicated. I don't think there's a way around that. Sometimes too much cruft builds up in an area, but that leads to redesigns of specific components. For example, client-side configuration of LDAP and Kerberos has been unreasonably complex for a long time. That didn't lead to people ditching them, that lead to https://fedorahosted.org/sssd/. It's likely that one day we will decide it's best to replace LDAP, just like was done with NIS. However, it won't mean we have to throw out all of linux.

The "users don't care" argument doesn't appeal to me. I don't care what tools the architects used when they designed my apartment building, but if learning some complex math and geeking out over slide rules enabled them do it, I'm all for it. Being told there's something wrong with me because I've changed the settings in my text editor is insulting.




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