Tiny Code

Tiny Code

2009-06-05

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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