The famous The UNIX-HATERS Handbook claims this mailing list had been inspired by
TWENEX-HATERS(1) and other
*-LOVERS mailing lists, a long tradition of MIT.
Moreover, the quote below implies there were long-time complaints against mainframe platforms by hacker-hated IBM and wry-regarded DEC.
Users said that they wanted Unix because it was better than the "stone knives and bear skins" FORTRAN and COBOL development environments that they had been using for three decades.
But, in choosing Unix, they unknowingly ignored years of research on operating systems that would have done a far better job of solving their problems. It didn’t really matter, they thought: Unix was better than what they had.
By 1984, according to DEC’s own figures, one quarter of the VAX installations in the United States were running Unix, even though DEC wouldn’t support it.
There also seems to have been disputes between the mainframe community and minicomputer community:
- How should we interpret Dave Cutler's criticism of Unix?(2)
- What did Richard Stallman have against VMS?
So, were there any equivalents of The UNIX-HATERS Handbook for mainframes like the IBM S/370, or minis like the DEC PDP-10 or DEC VAX, covering aspects including, but not limited to, hardware architecture, programming difficulties, user experience, and so on?
- Life with Unix
- Filesystems with versioning
- Unix Haters Handbook - guaranteeing synchronous, atomic operations
- Why did Dennis Ritchie write that UNIX was a modern implementation of CTSS?
(1) TWENEX is the nick name of TOPS-20, a mainframe operating system by DEC.
(2) A quote from
ctrl‑alt‑delor, in the chat room for that question, states:
Unix is an old system, that should have been replaced years ago. Unfortunately it is the most modern system we have, and still years ahead of MS-Windows.It seems to have been at least 10 years ahead of MS for at least the last 30 years (probably longer).