December 11th, 2004

  • evan

Systems Software Research Is Irrelevant

Rob Pike on why Systems Software Research Is Irrelevant. The general theme is that true experimentation and novelty has died out in OS design, and why. Blaming Microsoft is a scapegoat; there are other factors discussed in detail*.

* As much detail as slides can provide.

What could we do differently? Who knows? Here's an overview of Plan 9, Pike's OS from the 80s. I am sorry to write I know nothing about it, but I will read this now, but I understand it is "different" in some radical ways.