A text every software engineer should skim or even read…

PATRICK GOUDJO-AKO

The following text, by Neal Stephenson, a long but very nice read, is a commentary on why the proprietary operating systems business is unlikely to remain profitable in the future because of competition from free software.
…This is “the Word” — one man’s word, certainly — about the art (and artifice) of the state of our computer-centric existence….

In the Beginning was the Command Line

by Neal Stephenson

About twenty years ago , the founders of Apple, came up with the very strange idea of selling information processing machines for use in the home. The business took off, and its founders made a lot of money and received the credit they deserved for being . But around the same time, came up with an idea even stranger and more fantastical: selling computer operating systems. This was much weirder than the idea of Jobs and Wozniak. A computer at least had some sort…

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