On 29 February 2012 23:09, Alan Kay <alan.n...@yahoo.com> wrote:

[Recapitulation snipped]

> So, this gradually turned into an awful mess. But Linus went back to square
> one

Not really, it was just a reimplementation of the same thing on cheap
modern hardware.

> But there is still the browser and Javascript. But Javascript isn't fast
> enough to do the particle system.

Javascript is plenty fast enough to run a simulated x86 booting Linux
and running applications:


Granted, it shouldn't be necessary to go via Javascript.

>  But Google Chrome is only 13% penetrated,

~40% these days. Things move fast.

The degree to which the "mess" we're in is avoidable (or, I'd go
further, even undesirable) is also exaggerated.

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