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From Les Mikesell <>
Subject Re: general questions
Date Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:25:13 GMT
On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM, John Maher <> wrote:

> Text based
> operating systems will be obsolete.

Errr, what?   Have google, amazon, facebook, etc. all changed while I
wasn't looking?

> But JCL was junk while it was still in use.

So what does that have to do with bourne shell or bash or the
underlying tools they can drive?

> was used only because that had to, not because it was any good.  Command
> line interfaces, text based oses and the mouse are all going bye-bye.
> Its just a matter of time.  May be in my lifetime, may not be, I don't
> care.  I am focusing my attention on the future, not the past otherwise
> I could get a high paying job doing cobol since those guys are in
> demand.  But I don't want to work with a dead language even if it won't
> die in my lifetime.  I'm looking ahead.

I suspect quite a lot of the world would come to a grinding halt if
the commands executed by bourne-like shells stopped working - and
that's likely to be true for years to come.   You'd even find more
than a little of it in OSX if you look under the covers.

   Les Mikesell

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