• The Art of Unix Programming

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    The Art of Unix Programming by Eric S. Raymond is a book about the history and culture of Unix programming from its earliest days in 1969 to 2003 when it was published, covering both genetic derivations such as BSD and conceptual ones such as Linux .

    The author utilizes a comparative approach to explaining Unix by contrasting it to other operating systems including desktop-oriented ones such as Microsoft Windows and the classic Mac OS to ones with research roots such as EROS and Plan 9 from Bell Labs. The book was published by Addison-Wesley, September 17, 2003,

    ISBN 0-13-142901-9 and is also available online, under a Creative Commons license with additional clauses. [1]


    The book contains many contributions, quotations and comments from UNIX gurus past and present. These include:

    Ken Arnold (author of curses and


    Steve Bellovin

    Stuart Feldman

    Jim Gettys

    Stephen C. Johnson

    Brian Kernighan

    David Korn

    Mike Lesk

    Doug McIlroy

    Marshall Kirk McKusick

    Keith Packard

    Henry Spencer

    Ken Thompson

    See also

    Unix philosophy

    The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age


    1. ^ "The Art of Unix Programming" . "This book and its on-line version are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 1.0 license, with the additional proviso that the right to publish it on paper for sale or other for-profit use is reserved to Pearson Education, Inc."

    External links

    Online book (HTML edition)

    Official website

    The Art of Unix Programming at FAQs

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