The UNIX-Hater Handbook

The UNIX-Hater Handbook

by Simson Garfinkle
     
 

In the tradition of 12-step programs that help people overcome their addictions by sharing stories, The UNIX-Haters Handbook is the self-help guide for people affected by the world's most esoteric and most widely used operating system.

Turn here for answers to all-important questions, such as...

  • Why does the online documentation lie to

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Overview

In the tradition of 12-step programs that help people overcome their addictions by sharing stories, The UNIX-Haters Handbook is the self-help guide for people affected by the world's most esoteric and most widely used operating system.

Turn here for answers to all-important questions, such as...

  • Why does the online documentation lie to us?
  • Why does the operating system overwrite valuable files with garbage?
  • Why does the user's guide bear no relationship to reality?
  • Why do the commands have cryptic names that have no bearing on their function?
  • What is a grep? What is vi? Do troffs live under bridges, or are they inverted trons?
  • WHERE ARE THEY SENDING ALL THE UPPERCASE LETTERS?

UNIX: It won't go away, so you'd better learn to laugh at it.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
This book maintains that the UNIX computer operating system is fatally flawed because it never outgrew its origins as a necessity for playing Space Travel on a PDP-7 when AT&T "pulled the plug on Multics." In addition, the design of UNIX is infected with the "MIT approach" that "worse is better." For example, it is better to be simple than correct. These assertions are supported by detailed chapters covering the UNIX user interface, documentation, e-mail, terminal support (especially the "disaster" X-Windows), programming, and file systems. Much support for these arguments comes from reprinted selections from the fellowship of UNIX-haters on Usenet. The book is infused with humor, but makes many telling and serious points. What it fails to account for are the many thousands of UNIX sites running complex business applications on a daily basis without encountering the problems detailed here. The book leaves the reader with no sense of the alternatives; UNIX compared to what? Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568842035
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1994
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.05(d)

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