[TUHS] What was your "Aha, Unix!" moment?
steffen at sdaoden.eu
Fri Oct 11 07:31:59 AEST 2019
Warren Toomey wrote in <20191010205546.GA29154 at minnie.tuhs.org>:
|All, we had another dozen TUHS suscribers to the list overnight. Welcome.
|A reminder that we're here to discuss Unix Heritage, so I'll nudge you
|if the conversation goes a bit off-topic.
|So I'll kick off another thread. What was your "ahah" moment when you
|first saw that Unix was special, especially compared to the systems you'd
|Mine was: Oh, I can:
I get the feeling somebody's watching me! (However:
#?0|kent:$ prt-get info xeyes
Package 'xeyes' not found
#?255|kent:$ prt-get dsearch xeye
No matching packages found
#?255|kent:$ prt-get fsearch xeye
| + write a simple script
Perl with full set of manual pages available! (Only as single
page HTML before.)
| + to edit a file on the fly
That was really hard, coming from Notepad plus or what its name
was. Luckily there was MidnightCommander as a NortonCommander
clone, otherwise i would likely have been bogged down. xedit no,
xemacs no. There was a graphical editor thing, i think it used
Motif, but i have forgotten. Had syntax highlighting, but had no
tabs if i recall correctly. It was a long way to get myself going
with emacs, but finally, after a year or two, came to vim.
The window managers were really hard to get right, i grabbed
a super-cheap SuSE debug CD on 1999-01-11, it used fvwm2. Focus
follows mouse and much more i could not deal with. I booted
Windows for working purposes until first of May 1999, when
i finally switched over to fulltime Linux. (I ended up using
icewm after Enlightenment (cool but to slow) and WindowMaker did
not make it. Until i discovered ahwm, which then was it. Only
recently i switched to cwm.)
| + with no temporary files (a la pipes)
That did bother you. I am superficial. And i came in via 4DOS.
And as a Basic, .BAT and perl "programmer".
| + AND I can change the file suffix and the system won't stop me!
Discovery of shebang was a tremendous moment. And anything around
that. Discovery of manuals, for example the GNU C library manual!
Ah, it soon was discovery of the entire basic UNIX tool set, that
dispersed set of tools acting together for a greater whole! That
was really, really great.
|I was using TOPS-20 beforehand.
C64/GEOS, Win 3.1/DOS, Windows95/4DOS.
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