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second-system effect
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(Sometimes, more euphoniously, "second-system syndrome") When
one is designing the successor to a relatively small, elegant,
and successful system, there is a tendency to become grandiose
in one's success and design an elephantine feature-laden
monstrosity. The term was first used by Fred Brooks in his
classic "The Mythical Man-Month. It described the jump from
a set of nice, simple operating systems on the IBM 70xx
series to OS/360 on the 360 series. A similar effect can
also happen in an evolving system; see Brooks's Law,