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[Discuss] Whence distributed operating systems?

After the meeting I was discussing this issue with a friend. It's not an
original criticism I didn't suppose, so I found someone with better
words to sum up my reaction:

"Sadly it seems that we now need to either wait for Linux or Windows to
catch up with the 1980s state of the art in distributed systems (think
Locus or AFS). What went wrong? Products like DataSynapse?s FabricServer
look like an interesting attempt to address the problem, at least for
the Java world, but it feels to me that mainstream operating systems
designers seem to have lost the plot somewhere along the way."

Is single system image still a thing?

Mike Small
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