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[News] UNIX/Linux Called Real OS; Windows "Insufficient OS"

Why *I* like Linux and Unix (and Mac OS X too!)

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| But there's more. There's what we call the "Unix Philosophy", which is that 
| small tools should do one thing and do it well, while being designed so that 
| they can get whatever input they need from the output of something else and 
| vice versa. It's pipelines, stringing together little tools to get big 
| results. Windows programs just are NOT written with that in mind - if they do 
| allow command line use at all, they spit out too much on the output side and 
| aren't even smart enough to do so on a different file handle so that you can 
| pick what you really need. That's why working at a Windows command line is so 
| frustrating.        
| 
| So, Windows fans, enjoy your insufficient OS. I'm sure most of you will never 
| understand why it is deficient - you don't see the advantage of a command 
| line or pipes and most of you wouldn't know what to do with source if you did 
| have it. So wallow in your ignorance.   
| 
| In the meantime, we'll be over here, using REAL operating systems. Yeah, I 
| know, that sentence is harsh. It's the way I feel. Windows is a poor excuse  
| for an OS, for me at least. If it meets your needs, good for you. It's hard 
| for me to imagine how it could, but so many of you use it, that must be the 
| case, right?   
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http://aplawrence.com/Linux/why-i-like-linux.html


Recent:

NT influenced by Unix

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| (Gates:) "And through Windows NT, you can see it throughout the design.
| In a weak sense, it is a form of Unix. There are so many of the
| design decisions that have been influenced by that environment. And
| that's no accident."
| 
| In light of the recent saber rattling about Linux and patents, the "There 
| are so many of the design decisions that have been influenced by that 
| environment" sentence is particularly interesting if these patent
| threats include things that are prior Unix art. "In a weak sense, it
| is a form of Unix" is also telling. I said before that I don't think
| that's the case; I think the patent stuff is talking about things like
| Samba and Mono, but even there the "influenced by that environment"
| could be important in the court of public opinion if not in actual
| law.
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http://aplawrence.com/Unixart/gates_quote.html

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* Roy Schestowitz peremptorily fired off this memo:

> Why *I* like Linux and Unix (and Mac OS X too!)
>
> http://aplawrence.com/Linux/why-i-like-linux.html

(That one was a bit trollish.)

> NT influenced by Unix
>
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| (Gates:) "And through Windows NT, you can see it throughout the design.
>| In a weak sense, it is a form of Unix. There are so many of the
>| design decisions that have been influenced by that environment. And
>| that's no accident."
> `----
>
> http://aplawrence.com/Unixart/gates_quote.html

A posted comment to that:

   Sat Dec 9 16:45:23 2006: Subject:   BigDumbDInosaur
   <i> In any case, these sentences do remind us of the time when
   Microsoft at least had grudging respect for Unix. </i>

   They also continue to remind us that Gates is, parodon the
   expression, a bullshitter par execellence.

-- 
This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business
is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.
   -- Bill Gates
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