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The reason why I have switched to zsh - Part 1

Feb 03, 2011, 15:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anderson Silva, Matt Woodson)

"The short answer: It's all Matt's fault!

"The proper article-formatted answer: I've been a one-shell kind of person for the past 15 years using bash on Linux (and more recently on Mac OS X as well). Over the years, I have blown the minds of so many Windows users with the power of the shell that I cannot help but smile when I think about it. Yet I have never given much thought to other shells. Although, for the record, I didn't just start using bash because it was the default option on my Linux distribution of choice. My uncle, back in 1995, introduced me to Linux and csh, which was his choice of shell at the time. I've also played around with tcsh as well, but it just did not stick with me. I am going to guess that having bash as the default shell on my distribution helped, but it wasn't the defining factor. Maybe the fact that there are so many examples, articles and books written about bash programming contributed to my affection for bash over the years.

"Then at work, a new guy came onto my team and over time started to show all of us the kinds of things he can do with zsh to make his life a bit less annoying, and his work a bit more efficient as a release engineer/programmer/system administrator."

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