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This review is from: In the Beginning...Was the Command Line (Paperback)
This pamphlet was interesting but was written in 1999. Much has happened to its subject since then...Jobs' return to Apple and his decision to base the Macintosh OS on Unix rather blows the whole thesis out of the water. Since then, of course, Apple's star has risen again, and we have the advent of iOS, the iPhone and iPad.
As such, it isn't really worth reading except as a historical snapshot of opinion at the time. No one could have anticipated the direction Jobs would have taken.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2013 21:31:00 BDT
I just re-read this book today, and it seemed truer than ever. Some GUI metaphors are now even odder - young computer users will have seen pens and card folders but may not have seen floppy disks, despite these icons being used for save functions. The iPad has now made closed hardware and restrictive operating systems even more popular and although the Linux experiment for the consumer desktop appears to have died out as tablets killed the netbook, the Raspberry Pi and proposed introduction of programming in junior schools make it appear that you cannot keep a good idea down.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jun 2014 21:10:22 BDT
Android tablets are not closed, i have a nexus 7, i an run Traditional Adnroid, Cyanogen, ubuntu or even a custom spin on it.
As for Linux on the consumer desktop i run it daily, i know many other people who do, also, with the SteamBox/SteamOS being worked on/released things have never been better for Linux.
also, in relation to this book i think it unfair to judge a book, that is by nature static as lacking because its not moved on with the times. maybe the insight that is gained from it can be extrapolated through current events.
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