UNIX, a man’s man’s system

No, not manpages, but men. Real men. Real, furry men (or muscular and bold women) use UNIX. I didn’t know why that impression is out there, but now I read a little sentence in Linus Torvalds’ blog that reminded me why it’s there.

To quote a slightly different version to the one Linus used:

UNIX gives you just enough rope to hang yourself — and then a couple more feet, just to be sure.
— Eric Allman

And it’s true. UNIXlike systems give you extremely powerful tools, and with that power comes responsibility. Just look at what sudo tells you the first time you run it. Probably the same thing I just told you.

You need to be a proper man (or woman, or both) to wield that power, and perhaps that’s what makes people afraid of the system, and that in turn makes those using the system appear manlier (or womanlier) than they are.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s