In the Beginning was the Command Line
1999-12-19 03:00:00 UTC
I've just read Neal Stephenson's In the Beginning was the Command Line, and I'm sure that there's an answer to questions like that somewhere in there. I really recommend reading it, even though it's rather long and rambling. It's easily the most interesting thing I've read about operating systems in quite some time. I'm not sure I agree with it, or even understand it, but I had to take breaks every so often to think about the issues, so it gets my approval.