Kubernetes is our generation's Multics
What's the connection between shell and distributed systems? Abstractly, a shell script invokes Unix processes, and distributed systems are collections of processes. That is, it's a serious, respectable, but overly complex system that will eventually replaced by something simpler: the Unix of distributed operating systems. These aren't fully formed thoughts; the blog post is more specific. In contrast, an improved Unix shell should help you describe and run distributed systems locally. Referencing Joel's post Fire and Motion reminds me that his blog and forum were invaluable early in my career. I expected to write a single Blog Backlog post, but it turned into three!