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
| 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?
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