People who think Torvalds won the Tanenbaum/Torvalds debate & therefore monolithic kernels are “better” forget that Torvalds’ entire argument was “Linux is a toy project that should never ever be used for anything important”, or they remember but don’t care.

Worse-is-better is one of the most damaging infohazards in tech.

One of the problems with worse-is-better rhetoric is that it sucks labor away from everything else to deal with mountains of technical debt. Every stack decision is a decision under duress between a shit sandwich and a vomit omlet.

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John Ohno

Resident hypertext crank. Author of Big and Small Computing: Trajectories for the Future of Software.