Subject: Re: GET THIS BOOK :)
To: Ken Hornstein <email@example.com>
From: Open Carefully -- Contents Under Pressure <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/01/1994 10:51:47
WRT UNIX Haters Handbook...
I've had this long-standing grudge against NT simply due to its "black box"/
EGUI (Enforced Graphic User Interface) approach to systems administration.
When I was first introduced to it, in much the same way that a biker's face
can be introduced to the pavement, I was assigned a book called "INSIDE NT".
The manager behind Windows/NT is the same person who was behind VMS (David
With the advent of NT, and all the bogosity I have heard about VMS, I have
drawn the conclusion that he still can't write a decent OS.
The UNIX Haters' Handbook will undoubtedly hold some appeal for those folks
who have dedicated themselves to Windoze and Windoze/NoT.
I still am meaning to draw up a white paper as to why Windows/NT is not
a suitable operating system for real operations. Unfortunately, time
is a commodity of late...
And, as illustrated, anyone who thinks that screen management belongs in
the kernel is a bloody idiot. Certain things are written in user-land
because they can be (this is, of course, a premise which a message-passing
microkernel takes to the extreme).
Disclaimer: I am a BSD UNIX zealot of the first degree since I was "born
and raised on a VAX running 4.1".
#define AUTHOR "kenh@wrl.EPI.COM (Ken Hornstein)"
* >Just for those amongst you who have the tollerance to satire and the
* >time, get this book:
* > The UNIX Haters Handbook
* You know, I just read that book a few days ago, and I have to say that I was
* not very impressed with it. Most of the arguments seem rather contrived; it
* almost seemed that they took every feature of Unix and came up with reasons
* that they hated it. There's a lot of gross oversimplification ("The only
* reason Unix was written was because Ken Thompson wanted to play Space Travel"),
* some re-writing of history ("Remember when e-mail used to work, before Unix?"),
* and some things that are just plain dumb ("Screen handling functions should be
* in the kernel, where they belong ... just like VMS"). They make a few valid
* points, but they don't seem to offer any better alternatives. I get the
* feeling that these people wouldn't be happy with _any_ computer system.
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