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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Collection of quotes about Unix

This post is a collection of quotes about Unix (initially released in 1971). There are 7 quotes listed below. License: CC BY-SA 3.0


1. "Unix was originally meant to be a convenient platform for programmers developing software to be run on it and on other systems, rather than for non-programmers." (Wikipedia: Unix, 1.9.23 UTC 06:44)


2. "Unix systems are characterized by a modular design that is sometimes called the 'Unix philosophy. According to this philosophy, the operating system should provide a set of simple tools, each of which performs a limited, well-defined function." (Wikipedia: Unix, 1.9.23 UTC 06:44)


3. "Unix distinguishes itself from its predecessors as the first portable operating system: almost the entire operating system is written in the C programming language, which allows Unix to operate on numerous platforms." (Wikipedia: Unix, 1.9.23 UTC 06:44)


4. "By the early 1980s, users began seeing Unix as a potentially universal operating system, suitable for computers of all sizes." (Wikipedia: Unix, 1.9.23 UTC 06:44)


5. "A problem that plagued Unix in this period was the multitude of implementations... The rivalry between vendors was called the Unix wars." (Wikipedia: History of Unix, 1.6.23 UTC 04:34)


6. "The 1988 POSIX standard initially concentrated on system C library functions beyond what was included in the forthcoming C standard; later it expanded to specify other aspects of the system environment." (Wikipedia: Unix wars, 9.9.22 UTC 12:17)


7. "Unix had a drastically simplified file model compared to many contemporary operating systems treating all kinds of files as simple byte arrays... Unix also popularized the hierarchical file system with arbitrarily nested subdirectories, originally introduced by Multics." (Wikipedia: Unix, 1.9.23 UTC 06:44)