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You had me until "straying so far from the path of the UNIX philosophy". UNIX is a huge part of the problem IMO. Worse is better. Systems like Linux are the enemy of progress because while they suck horribly, they work much better than some alternatives (not to mention any naMeS) and at least as good as others so why spend time actually doing things right?

There is so much more that could be done with operating systems in any direction you want to go. I'm thankful that doing things on my iPad doesn't involve messing with command lines. But for when I want hackability I'd rather have what a Lisp machine could have become than a silly way to do functional programming in shell.

Maybe the real problem isn't that UNIX/Linux suck, but rather that these are extremely hard problems and there are no easy solutions.

But UNIX/Linux does suck and few are going to work on these extremely hard problems because UNIX/Linux are good enough.

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