[TUHS] History of the UNIX Beard

Niklas Karlsson nikke.karlsson at gmail.com
Sat Dec 19 00:00:42 AEST 2020

Unfortunately, I can't grow a proper UNIX beard. The most I can manage is a
rather scraggly goatee, so I go for clean-shaven or a bit stubbly these


Den fre 18 dec. 2020 kl 14:59 skrev Tyler Adams <coppero1237 at gmail.com>:

> I imagine there's relatives like the programmer beard, but googling "UNIX
> beard" returns some examples where it seems to be a thing.
> http://www.usenix.org.uk/content/unix_beards.html
> https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Unix%20beard
> https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/4nt38v/how_many_of_you_have_a_unix_beard/
> https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-do-hackers-love-beards-so-much subtitle:
> " Decoding the “Unix beard” at this year’s DefCon.
> https://pthree.org/2009/11/01/get-your-unix-beard-on/
>  Tyler
> On Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 3:56 PM Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu>
> wrote:
>>     > From: Tyler Adams
>>     > We all know and love the UNIX beard, but I can't find anything on
>> how
>>     > the beards started other than an old photo of Ken and Dennis
>> I'm not sure the term is Unix-specific. At a fairly early stage, people
>> who
>> worked on the ARPANET/Internet (when PDP-10's were still the 'usual'
>> host, and
>> Unix systems were just starting to beceome common) were jokingly known as
>> 'network grey-beards': the prototypical one being Jon Postel. (Vint Verf's
>> beard was too tidy to qualify, IIRC!)
>>       Noel
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