Linux and the Unix Philosophy

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781555582739
eBook ISBN: 9780080510347
Imprint: Digital Press
Published Date: 22nd July 2003
Page Count: 256
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Unlike so many books that focus on how to use Linux, Linux and the Unix Philosophy explores the "way of thinking that is Linux" and why Linux is a superior implementation of this highly capable operating system.

This book is a revision and expansion of a computer science classic. Every chapter has been thoroughly updated with Linux coverage.

Linux and the Unix Philosophy falls squarely between the "softer" texts on iterative software design and project management and the "how-to" technical texts. Thus far, no one has come out with a book that addresses this topic, either in the Unix space or the Linux space. Linux and the Unix Philosophy covers the same ground as the first edition, while it also presents bold new ideas about Linux and Open Source.

Key Features

· Concise list of philosophy tenets makes it a handy quick reference · Anecdotal examples personalize the book for the reader · Conversational style makes it easy and joyful to read


System administrators who are interested in installing Linux in their environments. The Linux "community." Linux enthusiasts. Linux hobbyists. Computer science students. "Open Source" software advocates.

Table of Contents

The Unix Philosophy: A Cast of Thousands; One Small Step for Humankind; Rapid Prototyping for Fun and Profit; The Portability Priority; Now That's Leverage!; The Perils of Interactive Programs; More Unix Philosophy: Ten Lesser Tenets; Making Unix Do One Thing Well; Unix and Other Operating System Philosophies; Through the Glass Darkly: Linux vs. Windows; A Cathedral? How Bizarre!; Brave New (Unix) World


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"The concept of Linux and the GNU project, while appearing to be the 'next step' of the Unix Philosophy, is only the return from a wayward path. Everything stated in the Unix Philosophy's first edition is just as true today, perhaps even more so. The addition of source code availability allows you to see exactly how these masters of code created their systems, and challenges you to create even faster code with greater capabilities." -Jon "maddog" Hall, Executive Director, Linux International "By effectively linking the principles used in Unix with those used by the Linux development community, Gancarz sheds new light on the Open Source philosophy." -Henry L. Hall, CEO, Wild Open Source