= Z =
"Every program attempts to expand until it
can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced
by ones which can." Coined by Jamie Zawinski (who called it the
"Law of Software Envelopment") to express his belief that all
truly useful programs experience pressure to evolve into toolkits
and application platforms (the mailer thing, he says, is just a
side effect of that). It is commonly cited, though with widely
varying degrees of accuracy.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.