Blair, Gordon S. and Malone, Jon R. and Mariani, John A. (1985) A critique of UNIX. Software: Practice and Experience, 15 (12). pp. 1125-1139. ISSN 0038-0644Full text not available from this repository.
The UNIX operating system enjoys an ever increasing popularity throughout the computing community; there will be 1.4 million UNIX licences distributed by 1985, rising at a rate of about 400,000 per annum. With universal acceptance of a system comes a dangerously high degree of inertia. Consider the analogous area of programming languages, where there has been great resistance to change, despite major advancements. This paper presents a critique of UNIX, based on three areas which we consider to be of vital importance to future operating systems. These areas are operating system structures and design, programming support environments and distributed computing. The criticisms presented are in no way intended to discredit UNIX. UNIX compares favourably with most of the present generation of operating systems. The intention is to highlight deficiencies in the state of the art in operating system design.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Software: Practice and Experience|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||UNIX ; Critique ; Operating systems ; Programming support environment ; Distributed computing|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications|
|Deposited On:||05 Sep 2012 18:25|
|Last Modified:||12 Feb 2014 13:32|
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