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Unix


$ To set up this Unix system, do I really have to type long, cryptic,
frequently inconsistent and undocumented commands with occasional long strings
of hex digits?
# Yeah. You got a problem with that?

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A Personal History

In the beginning, there were books. Before I had ever set eyes upon a Unix shell prompt, I had read Software Tools and The UNIX Programming Environment.

Then, there was Minix. There was also, unfortunately, an Amstrad PC1386, whose keyboard was not IBM PC compatible. So that was the end of that... A few years later, there was a new PC — and Linux. And then (and finally, for now), there was OpenBSD. Why? It "just works"; it has a complete, up-to-date, set of man pages; it is developed the way Unix was, by a small team... I could go on; but I suspect these things are, in the end, a matter of taste; and de gustibus non disputandum.

The Unix Philosophy

The UNIX pioneers did a pretty good job of explaining the philosophy:

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