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Generation gaps


by Liam Proven
At: FOSDEM 2020
❮p❯For as long as computers have been around, roughly every 10-15 years, the whole industry underwent a reset and reinvented itself anew… until the early 1990s, when somehow, the industry skipped a generation. Instead, it looked backwards, and adopted an older model of computing. The cost has been very high and is holding back the development of the entire field.❮/p❯❮p❯This talk looks at how we turned to the past instead of the future, what we missed out on as a result, and how to move forward. It follows on from the above proposal, but takes a different tack and should stand alone. It looks at where personal computers might have – but didn’t – go in the 1980s and 1990s. At a sampling of advanced OS technologies that never caught on – Plan 9, Inferno, Taos, Oberon – and the cool stuff we lost out on as a result.❮/p❯
❮p❯It will end with trying to identify the next such generation gap, and why we should consider starting afresh rather than adapting current tech for the next gen.❮/p❯
Room: Janson Scheduled start: 2020-02-01 14:00:00