I came across this little gem from year 2000 wherein Rob Pike's views on systems research are analysed.
For those of an academic mind there is also a link there to Pike's 2000 paper on the subject.
Now, you chaps might well ask, why is this old dufffer posting links to 11 year old papers?
Its because Rob Pike happens to be one of the architects behind Google's GO language and he has been interviewed this month by one of the UK's leading Linux Magazines.
Guess what, he now thinks Operating Systems are irrelevant and the key area is the API.
What do you bright, upcoming chaps make of it?-that operating systems seem to be becoming a commodity that doesnt matter anymore. Everyone builds their environment so its either portable or runs to the same API, so it doesnt matter what the operating system is