Unix, Plan 9 and the Lurking Smalltalk

@inproceedings{Kell2018UnixP9,
  title={Unix, Plan 9 and the Lurking Smalltalk},
  author={Stephen Kell},
  year={2018}
}
  • Stephen Kell
  • Published 2018
  • Computer Science
  • High-level programming languages and their virtual machines have long aspired to erase operating systems from view. Starting from Dan Ingalls’ Smalltalk-inspired position that “an operating system is a collection of things that don’t fit inside a language; there shouldn’t be one”, I contrast the ambitions and trajectories of Smalltalk with those of Unix and its descendents, exploring why Ingalls’s vision appears not (yet) to have materialised. Firstly, I trace the trajectory of Unix’s “file… CONTINUE READING

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