[TUHS] The most surprising Unix programs

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Mon Mar 16 08:30:20 AEST 2020

On Sun, Mar 15, 2020 at 6:01 PM Rob Pike <robpike at gmail.com> wrote:

> It's hard for younger programmers to appreciate how different things once
> were.
Amen bro.    But I would add how to do well with less.
To me, the marvel of V6 was how complete it still is.  Other than the lack
of a networking stack, and multiple windows/screens, much of what I still
do day to day as a programmer can be done with 6th edition.   I'd miss Go
and some of the original features of ANSI C, but the editor's we had got
the job, there was even a video version I was happy with.  I used troff to
make slides instead of PPT.  I guess I would miss a Chrome and Gmail, if I
have to go back to MH/HM for email.

FWIW:  I just wrote a QUORA answer and referred folks to your and Brian's
original book. Someone wanted to know as a beginner the 'best way to learn
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