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The Great Works of Software

Paul Ford on the five works of the software canon: [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Apr 30, 2014 - 93 comments

It's a UNIX system! I know this!

Jurassic Park, System Security Interface
posted by brundlefly on Feb 27, 2014 - 66 comments

Shell help

Explain Shell is a nifty little website created by Idan Kamara that takes the often horrid Linux command line man pages and makes them that much easier to understand, by breaking down a command like ssh(1) -i keyfile -f -N -L 1234:www.google.com:80 host into its component steps.
posted by MartinWisse on Sep 16, 2013 - 64 comments

The Life of an Admin in the IT World

Nine Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin, Network Admin (from InfoWorld via /.)
posted by JoeXIII007 on Jul 18, 2013 - 90 comments

Godmother of Unix admins, presumed lost

The schooner Nina was last heard from on June 4th, as it fought high winds and seas off the coast of New Zealand. It carried a crew of seven, including Evi Nemeth - well known to sysadmins for co-authoring The Unix System Administration Handbook. As of today, the search has been suspended, and all are presumed lost at sea.
posted by bitmage on Jul 6, 2013 - 42 comments

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To understand the command line you must first understand Unix...
posted by Artw on Oct 2, 2012 - 145 comments

Ioctl

The TTY Demystified. History of the TTY and interrelationships of modern TTYs,Jobs and SIGs.
posted by Ad hominem on Sep 20, 2012 - 71 comments

"UNIX is very simple, it just needs a genius to understand its simplicity."

The UNIX™ System: Making Computers More Productive. A video from 1982 featuring Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, Brian Kernighan, Alfred Aho, and Lorinda Cherry discussing key features of UNIX. One of many videos available from the AT&T Archives. Warning: contains beards. Lots of beards.
posted by grouse on Sep 5, 2012 - 56 comments

Telnet Times Ten Thousand

If you've ever worked with the command prompt on a Unix-based computer, you're likely familiar with SSH (Secure SHell), which is a program and a protocol that allows you (yes, you!) to securely access a remote system. While SSH has certainly earned the "Secure" portion of its namesake over the years, it's functionality as a shell has ironically received very little attention, and has begun to show signs of age and obsolescence: SSH doesn't work very well on mobile connections, and its support for Unicode is buggy and incomplete. A group of MIT researchers think they've found solutions to these problems, and have created Mosh as a potential successor to SSH, which fixes many of the old protocol's annoyances and shortcomings, while retaining all of SSH's security features.
posted by schmod on Apr 12, 2012 - 77 comments

Caution: Intense geekery inside

Pipe Logic "Suppose the null-byte is an electron. Then, /dev/zero provides an infinite supply of electrons and /dev/null has an infinite appetite for them..." Modeling transistors and logic gates using Unix pipes.
posted by bitmage on Jan 23, 2012 - 22 comments

Dennis Ritchie has died

According to breaking news, Dennis Ritchie, inventor of the C programming language, co-author with Brian Kernigham of the famous book on it, and creator with Ken Thompson of the Unix operating system, has died. [more inside]
posted by grimjeer on Oct 12, 2011 - 242 comments

"What Is This 'sudo' You Speak Of?"

Self-proclaimed "avid, loyal Windows user" and PC World editor Tony Bradley spent 30 days immersing himself in Ubuntu Linux, and chronicled his experiences as a Linux newbie. His previous project: 30 Days with Google Docs (Via: 1, 2)
posted by zarq on Jul 4, 2011 - 149 comments

TermKit

Steven Wittens uses WebKit to rethink the UNIX terminal [via]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 19, 2011 - 208 comments

X day

OS X is X today! Meanwhile, Bertrand Serlet, father of OS X, is leaving apple.
posted by Artw on Mar 24, 2011 - 123 comments

metafilter fpp post --tags "google, commandline, unix" --title "GoogleCL" "Google makes Picasa ... "

Google makes Picasa, YouTube, Blogger, and Google Documents, Calendar, and Contacts available to command-line geeks with GoogleCL, a new, official command-line tool. How to install: Mac OS X, Windows, elsewhere. Google's examples of what you can do; Lifehacker's "five nifty GoogleCL tricks." [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 29, 2010 - 26 comments

uzbl

uzbl is a free and open source minimalistic web browser designed for simplicity and adherence to the Unix philosophy.
posted by vostok on Apr 11, 2010 - 28 comments

Regular Expressions Can Be Simple and Fast

Russel Cox, one of the people behind Google's new programming language Go, has written a three part series on regular expressions. It's a nice mix of computer science theory, programming, and history: Regular Expression Matching Can Be Simple And Fast, Regular Expression Matching: the Virtual Machine Approach, and Regular Expression Matching in the Wild.
posted by chunking express on Mar 17, 2010 - 57 comments

1965 - Kemeny and Kurtz go to 1964

A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages
posted by Artw on May 8, 2009 - 47 comments

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posted by swift on Feb 10, 2009 - 51 comments

due to export regulations cycles greater than 1024 should not be used

A small collection of special programs for system administration, written at a level suitable for senior admins. [more inside]
posted by 31d1 on Jan 3, 2009 - 37 comments

A Virtually Virtual Terminal

cb.vu is a javascript virtual terminal which opens up full window in your browser and lets you fiddle with some UNIX goodness without being connected to a server, or affecting anything in The Real World whatsoever. Try creating, copying and reading files (and, particularly, read the about.txt), or playing one of the games provided. It even has an implementation of vi! [more inside]
posted by benzo8 on Apr 17, 2008 - 18 comments

Yes!

djb releases code to public domain, including qmail. [more inside]
posted by finite on Nov 30, 2007 - 48 comments

Smokey Stover

Foo! Notary sojac! 1506 nix nix!
posted by JHarris on May 18, 2007 - 20 comments

Open Source Dramatics!

Simplicity v. Complexity Torvalds strikes. López Godwins. Torvalds submits patches!
posted by clawtros on Feb 17, 2007 - 51 comments

Kill Dash Nine

Kill Dash Nine by Monzy, the next big thing in Nerdcore. Wired interviews some of the figures, including the better known MC Plus+ (previously). Monzy's latest clever, well-informed lyrics stand in stark contrast to Weird Al's latest proof that he wouldn't know a geek if he bit one's head off.[1]
posted by dmd on Dec 14, 2006 - 30 comments

$ chown -R USA .*

$ rm -r bin/laden
bin/laden: No such file or directory
posted by swift on Jul 24, 2005 - 21 comments

VIrooooom!

l33t on wheels Guy takes 'mobile computing' to a new level. via Blue's News. Also, a wave to the TLD owner, he's a friend.
posted by WolfDaddy on Jul 12, 2004 - 10 comments

Church-Turing thesis

Be thankful you are not my student. You would not get a high grade for such a design. Tanenbaum and Torvalds discuss the future of kernel design.
posted by the fire you left me on Jun 17, 2004 - 13 comments

How to speak UNIX

How to speak UNIX - interrobang's nick explained?!
posted by carter on May 25, 2004 - 14 comments

Patent bending

The New Yorker's James Surowiecki writes about patent creep. With eBay losing one court case and being threatened by another, Spike Lee trying to stop his first name being used, Amazon owning the concept of threaded discussions, the never-ending Un*x wars, and bands trying to protect certain chord progressions (OK that one's a hoax), is this a worrying pattern that needs to be reversed, and is it just the beginning of an anti-competitive trend that will see our own genes being patented?
posted by cbrody on Jul 17, 2003 - 10 comments

'Dukes of Hazzard' explain SCO vs. Linux

This page uses a 'Dukes of Hazzard' metaphor to explain that big ol' SCO vs. Linux kerfuffle.
posted by GriffX on Jun 2, 2003 - 3 comments

While trying to pull up a favorite website I find the USG (Unix Security Guards), a group of so called pro Islamic hackers, have shut the site down. It's all well and good to be protesting the Middle East conflict by interrupting a night of jolly surfing, but why a rock and roll website? Damn hacktivist groups.

Good job punks!
posted by oh posey on Oct 5, 2002 - 12 comments

Security warning draws DMCA threat

Security warning draws DMCA threat Find a flaw in HP Code? Prepare to go to prison or pay a $50K fine if you tell anyone. Invoking both the controversial 1998 DMCA and computer crime laws, HP has threatened to sue a team of researchers who publicized a vulnerability in the company's Tru64 Unix operating system. So now, it appears that some technology companies see "security debate" on the same level as "piracy" or "copyright controls."
posted by dejah420 on Jul 31, 2002 - 10 comments

MS : Linux is the threat.

MS : Linux is the threat. According to the Register, Linux has been upgraded from a threat to the threat.

I'm waiting for Ballmer to call Linux the Evil Empire.
posted by jragon on Nov 13, 2001 - 35 comments

Jobs Skills Tester???

Jobs Skills Tester??? Not sure about how the employment stuff works but you can test your skills at various stuff... i had fun for 10 minutes checking out how my unix skills were (only 78% on the quick test) oh well... you have to register but there's no email password crap to take the tests. Over 100 different tests from ASP to XML.
posted by tilt on Oct 19, 2001 - 7 comments

Party Like It's 999,999,999

Party Like It's 999,999,999 "The UNIX epoch dates from January 1st, 1970. Every UNIX system in the world worth its salt keeps track of time by counting every single second since the midnight just before that auspicious date. And soon, they're all going to hit a billion"

How will you celebrate the Gigasecond, September 9 at 01:46:39 UTC ?
posted by otherchaz on Sep 6, 2001 - 13 comments

Dennis Ritchie's Home Page

Dennis Ritchie's Home Page (If you have to ask who he is...)
posted by Steven Den Beste on Dec 17, 2000 - 4 comments

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