Wired: Bill Joy: ‘Mac OS X is a rock-solid system that’s beautifully designed. I much prefer it to Linux.’ [→ READ ]
Who is Bill Joy?
Fortune Magazine calls Joy, Sun Microsystems’ chief scientist, “The Edison of the Internet.” Joy is a cofounder of Sun and a member of the Executive Committee. His work on BSD Unix and Berkeley networking qualifies his as one of the founding fathers of both Unix and the Internet. —Linux Today
In the Wired interview, Bill says —
Wired: You’ve been famously cool about Linux.
Re-implementing what I designed in 1979 is not interesting to me personally. For kids who are 20 years younger than me, Linux is a great way to cut your teeth. It’s a cultural phenomenon and a business phenomenon. Mac OS X is a rock-solid system that’s beautifully designed. I much prefer it to Linux. …
Bill is one of the few people on the planet who can legitimately say “re-implementing what I designed in 1979.” At that time I was working with punch cards and trying to figure out what the hell a differential equation was, and Bill was writing industrial-strength BSD OS code.
My goal is to do great things. If I do something great, maybe it’ll beat Microsoft. But that’s not my goal. I find Windows of absolutely no technical interest. They took systems designed for isolated desktop systems and put them on the Net without thinking about evildoers, as our president would say.