[TUHS] What was your "Aha, Unix!" moment?
meillo at marmaro.de
Sat Oct 12 21:54:35 AEST 2019
my Aha moments were (in no particular order):
- Users can change their login shell! -- This surely was the most
impressing discovery for me.
- Users are regarded as programmers and are provided with
structurally all possiblities, i.e. you can recreate the whole
system to your preferences within your home directory and use
that as the default.
- The shell as a fluid way from dumb programm calling to full
programming, where any user can float up and down the level,
based on personal skills and the problem at hand.
- Chroot (Linux from Scratch)
- To me it's actually more a philosophy behind it all, and UNIX
itself ist more a demonstration and the scientific experiment
that helped to uncover and shape this philosophy. The Aha moment
was that there is so much behind it.
- Those guys implemented about anything there is about an
operating system and application tools, and -- what is even
more impressive -- in each of those fields (typesetting, fonts,
chess, languages, and so on for a long time), they went deep
and invented there as well. Such a small group and so hugely
much and deep output!
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