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Friday, June 5, 2009

Happy 40th birthday to my favorite OS

Unix celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer. This article from ComputerWorld recounts the history of the world's most productive OS.

Not a week goes by that I'm not somehow reminded of just how powerful Unix is. Treating all devices as files was brilliant. Being able to combine command line utilities via I/O redirection gives an amazing amount of power and flexibility to the Unix/Linux user interface.

It's no wonder the first thing I do whenever presented with a stock Windows PC is to download the Cygwin utilities. I still can't see how anyone can get any work done using only the built-in Windows commands.

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