Ha ha, yeah I have this book somewhere. Never got around to reading it
in it's entirety, though. Hmm, maybe now might be a good time with my
vacation coming up and all...8)
] On Behalf Of
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2006 10:51 AM
Subject: [TTLUG] The UNIX Haters Handbook
For those of you that know me, you know that the only OS I truly hate is
SCO, and that it has nothing to do with the lawsuit, I hated it way
before that. This is a pretty good book from a pretty smart guy. It's a
good read if you have an open mind, some things may not apply anymore.
* This book is ten years old . I started work on it in 1992 (maybe
even 1991) while I was a professor at Stanford. My co-editors took over
after I started work at Microsoft. (So no, it's not a Microsoft
conspiracy.) A lot has happened in the intervening decade.
* This book's target audience was people who themselves have
certain weaknesses in Unix at that time and could relate to our stories.
Our goal was humor. Many readers have told us we succeeded in this. Even
Eric Raymond liked it (his name is in the acknowledgements).
* The book is not meant to be balanced, it is a screed, pure and
simple. Is it over the top? Yes.
* We wrote the contract with our publisher to have the copyright
revert to us once the book went out of print. So yes, we have the right
to publish it online. Feel free to mirror it where ever you want, print
it out, and bind it.
* Do I have any regrets? Yes, that the funniest item in the book
probably isn't anything we wrote, but is Dennis Ritchie's anti-forword.
We had asked Dennis to write a forword, thinking that since he was doing
Plan 9 at that time it would give him an opportunity to talk about how
he had moved on from Unix and fixed its flaws in his next OS. (We were
young and had a lot of chutzpah then.) He read the Preface, and then
sent back his essay. He told us he had worked hard to make it match the
tone of its surroundings.
* If you enjoyed reading this book and felt it was worth the price
a least a movie and popcorn, send a $10 check to your favorite charity.
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