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Kuro5hin.org: The Essential Linux Bookshelf VII: Review of The Unix Hater's Handbook

Oct 22, 2000, 18:01 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Dunne)

[ Thanks to Paul Dunne for this link. ]

"This book has become quite well-known as a sustained anti-Unix rant. It is an offspring of the Unix-Haters mailing list (now invitation only), a place where poor devils who were forced to use Unix could gather to share their woes; perhaps they still do."

"Reading this in 1994 when I'd been running Linux for only a few months, large parts of it were a puzzle to me. Linux simply wasn't like the Unix the book described, or parodied. Indeed, it is ironic that the book was published in 1994, the first year I think that Linux was usable by a non-hacker."

"The first three chapters of this part are the best of the book. The writers are on firm ground, compiling from the UNIX-HATERs mailing list a selection of horror stories. Even in this part, though, we see again and again people shooting themselves in the foot and then blaming the gun."

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