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While I'm trawling UK history, I was chuffed to see that the BBC published a pair of articles on Unix's 40th anniversary:

40 Years of Unix
The computer world is notorious for its obsession with what is new - largely thanks to the relentless engine of Moore's Law that endlessly presents programmers with more powerful machines.

Given such permanent change, anything that survives for more than one generation of processors deserves a nod.

Think then what the Unix operating system deserves because in August 2009, it celebrates its 40th anniversary. And it has been in use every year of those four decades and today is getting more attention than ever before.
The enlightenment's operating system
In a world that is increasingly shaped by and managed through advanced computer technology, the ideologies built into applications and operating systems matter more and more because they shape the potential of the systems we are developing.

I choose Unix over anything else because I believe that the respect for the system's administrators, programmers and end-users that lies at the core of the Unix philosophy remains our best hope for creating computer systems that will promote and encourage free expression, liberalism and humanism.

Unix is the operating system that most clearly expresses the values of the liberal enlightenment that form the basis of my own personal philosophy, and I will continue to use and support it.

[User Picture]From: weilok
2009-09-11 02:09 pm (UTC)
I feel dumb cause I don't know how to use it, nor do I understand how to have it and use the end user programs I do use. Like Outlook for my mail support and integration with LJ and Myspace and such. Heck I don't even know how to say what all I don't understand. sigh!
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2009-09-11 08:54 pm (UTC)


Yeah, there's definitely no Outlook for Linux. I actually hate Outlook, so that's a *bonus* for me, but for people who like it, I can see the problem.

On the other hand, Outlook exists to read mail (and news). There are definitely many mail clients available on Linux/Unix, including more than a few that should be very similar to Outlook (at least for basic usage).

Is it less integrated? True, but that can also be a bonus: you're not locked in to anything, and Linux distributions tend to come with few or none of the crapware that Microsoft (and, worse, PC builders) tend to cram into their install images.

And if you haven't played with Linux in a few years, it might be worth another look; things are changing, and mostly for the better. You can stick a CD into a machine, let it detect everything, tell it that you want a typical workstation, and it will do the rest.

It won't look like windows, but then again, Windows 2k doesn't look like XP which doesn't look like Vista which doesn't look like W7, right? So it's not like Windows has kept some utterly stable UI for the last 10 years, either.

*shrug* It's not like sticking with windows is some sort of moral failing, either; if it works for you, that's great.
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