Steve Jobs and the History of Cocoa, Part One
Subject:   Just a few corrections
Date:   2002-05-06 09:20:55
From:   glenmark
Not a bad overview, although there are a few factual errors. For example, the article presents the development of the Macintosh as something which started in the wake of the failure of the Lisa in the market. This was not the case. There was actually considerable overlap in the development of the Lisa and the Macintosh.

Also, the article states, "NeXT solved this problem by basing its computer on Unix, the most reliable operating system that had ever been created." That sentence would be far more accurate if the word "desktop" were inserted in front of "operating system," as there are several server operating systems that are at least an order of magnitude more stable than any flavor of Unix, including IBM's VM and MVS systems, and Compaq's OpenVMS and NonStop NSK (originally from DIGITAL and Tandem respectively).

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  • RE: Just a few corrections
    2002-05-08 04:14:01  skielnik_sam [View]

    Very interesting article. Thanks.

    I wholeheartedly agree with this reader's comments about o/s stability. I've switched from IBM VM to DEC VMS/OpenVMS to Sun/Solaris to MS Win32 over the last 14 years. From a perspective of stability, I was most thrilled with VMS. I have heard second-hand reports of VMS systems running stably for years without a reboot.
    • RE: Just a few corrections
      2002-05-09 07:13:41  glenmark [View]

      Irish National Railroad had a VAX/VMS system running for almost two decades without a single reboot...