What's wrong with the operating systems we have?

Can you name a good one? No, seriously. Most PC and workstation operating systems are only marginally usable. I've never seen one that I'd call "good". OS designers seem focused on style at the expense of substance: we get flashy graphical user interfaces, but the basic approach to OS design hasn't changed in decades. We've all been talking about object-oriented programming, but who's doing anything about it? The Java Virtual Machine is the state of that art, and it's really just an incremental improvement over what's gone before. There must be a better way! I doubt you'll find it here, but there might be some nugget of inspiration to be found if you look hard enough.


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