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UNIX, UNIX everywhere, but not a byte to eat...

By jd in MLP
Thu Jun 21, 2001 at 02:04:41 PM EST
Tags: Culture (all tags)

Seems the folks at Bell Labs were too busy laughing and/or bitching at William Jolitz to see that this is truly a UNIX world...


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UNIX is...
o ...a name that means nothing but is used by everyone 6%
o ...an OS, by AT&T. The others should all be locked up! 8%
o ...whatever you want it to be, if you're out of reach. 6%
o ...a shining example of why the whole trademark system is up the proverbial creek. 10%
o ...a classic example of why the idea of "name ownership" is a myth. 28%
o ...an excuse to give the illusion of a True Geek House. 7%
o ...the name of a hamster. The others now owe said hamster 200,000,000 grains of corn, and 3 sunflower seeds. 28%
o ...Inoshiro 3%

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UNIX, UNIX everywhere, but not a byte to eat... | 14 comments (9 topical, 5 editorial, 0 hidden)
Picky People (3.87 / 8) (#1)
by reshippie on Thu Jun 21, 2001 at 10:01:23 AM EST

I've come to the conclusion that there are much more important things to think about than the exact terminology of things that most people don't understand.

So I refer to GNU/Linux as Linux, and BSD and Linux as flavors of UNIX. It's just easier, and most people don't know the difference anyway. Hacker/Cracker is another one. Yes it would be nice to have the stigma of Script Kiddies taken away from the term Hacker, but so what? You can hack code, you can hack wood, you can even hack apart your computer case (something I'm starting to become interested in).

The main problem is that the english language sucks, and people don't want to change. They'd rather use the same term 5 different ways than have to invent new ones. So long as you look at the context you can almost always tell what people are talking about.

Hm, I'm ranting, guess I should stop...

Those who don't know me, probably shouldn't trust me. Those who do DEFINITELY shouldn't trust me. :-)

hmmm! (3.83 / 6) (#3)
by Delirium on Thu Jun 21, 2001 at 10:57:10 AM EST

Did anybody notice on the label for the UNIX modular shelfing:
Some people open all the windows: wise wives welcome spring by moving the UNIX.
You sure they didn't know it was an OS when they wrote that?

Unix in Ulzamastan (1.20 / 25) (#4)
by gisano on Thu Jun 21, 2001 at 11:02:38 AM EST

In my country we have Unix. They are men with no penises that were cut off by the religious leaders of the previous facist regime. We also have unix that is the brand name because in my language "unix" sound like the "uniques" in English. Please, stop the oppression of the penis in Ulzamastan, we have too much Unix.
Spelling (1.00 / 1) (#6)
by Devil Ducky on Thu Jun 21, 2001 at 11:53:51 AM EST

When you translated into English and got the word "unix" to explain the unfortunate men, are you sure you didn't mean "eunichs"? It is pronounced pretty much the same and is often used in Unix jokes. Even made it to a Dilbert cartoon, if I wasn't so lazy I'd find a link for that.

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[ Parent ]
cult mistake (none / 0) (#7)
by Sikpup on Thu Jun 21, 2001 at 12:01:12 PM EST

Isn't that the mistake the Heavens Gate cult made?

[ Parent ]
Maybe (none / 0) (#8)
by Devil Ducky on Thu Jun 21, 2001 at 12:42:23 PM EST

Some people should never try to upgrade their computers.

Of course if you could make that mistake, then I dont want your genes in the pool anyway...

Devil Ducky

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This one actually made me laugh! (none / 0) (#12)
by ti dave on Fri Jun 22, 2001 at 03:44:06 AM EST

Keep up the Good Work, and the Oppression!
"If you dial," Iran said, eyes open and watching, "for greater venom, then I'll dial the same."

[ Parent ]
UNIX pens... (none / 0) (#13)
by WWWWolf on Fri Jun 22, 2001 at 06:40:17 AM EST

I've actually seen these "UNIX line" pens sold around here...

UNIX will run on a cheap pencil, but WinNT probably needs a good ball-point pen to run even remotely normally... =)

-- Weyfour WWWWolf, a lupine technomancer from the cold north...

Another Example (none / 0) (#14)
by WickedET on Sun Jun 24, 2001 at 07:43:25 AM EST

There's even a washing powder brand called "Linux" in Germany.
I think it's a pretty new brand, I saw it for the first time yesterday.

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