[TUHS] unix "awesome list"
scj at yaccman.com
Tue May 8 07:53:26 AEST 2018
Some would argue that it was well on its way to being forgotten by
BSD. The problem with that statement is that the deployment of mice
and touchscreens meant that the base premise (universal interface) was
no longer true. Fonts and markup completed the job.
When I first used Unix, I wrote several ed scripts every day, and
several shell scripts each week. Glass terminals made ed scripts
obsolete without any similar abstraction being available for doing
similar text operations on several related files.
I still write shell scripts from time to time, but I always feel a
little guilty that I'm not writing a simple GUI that would be much
clearer and easier to use, but take an order of magnitude longer to
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Horsfall" <dave at horsfall.org>
To:"The Eunuchs Hysterical Society" <tuhs at tuhs.org>
Sent:Tue, 8 May 2018 07:10:55 +1000 (EST)
Subject:Re: [TUHS] unix "awesome list"
On Mon, 7 May 2018, A. P. Garcia wrote:
> "This is the Unix philosophy: Write programs that do one thing and
> well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle
> streams, because that is a universal interface." - Douglas McIlroy,
> former head of Bell Labs Computing Sciences Research Center
Sadly, Penguin/OS appears to have forgotten this, as it becomes more
Windoze every day...
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