Lies about UNIX -- UNDER CONSTRUCTION
- Unix is cryptic
- The truth of the matter is that Windows NT Server is just as
administrator-intensive as UNIX and, according to people who've
used its smiley-face GUI, you still have to get down into
the command-line level to actually administer it. Just like UNIX.
How unusual... "Those who do not understant UNIX are destined
to reinvent it, poorly." -- Henry Spencer and Geoff Collyer.
- Unix is not user-friendly
- A famous wag once said "I don't want user-friendly; I'm not a
friendly user!". So-called user-friendly systems are really
novice-friendly. Easy to use for novices, but often limiting
once you move beyond that. And most users who put in time don't
remain novices all that long.
- Unix does not adhere to standards
- Hello! The POSIX standard is based on the UniForum standard,
based on the /usr/group standard, that I worked on in 1983 (yes).
All modern UNIXes adhere to POSIX. Windows NT just barely does,
and only fully if you add on commercial third-party software.
- Unix does not have a standard GUI
- In fact, it has three or four:
So the claim "doesn't have a standard GUI" is true, from a certain
point of view. But it's misleading.
- OPEN LOOK, mostly defunct;
- Motif, and the Common Desktop Environment, or CDE.
Somewhat similar to MS-Windows (both copied some parts from
IBM's user-interface standard).
Some flavor of CDE is shipped with most commercial UNIXes
- GNOME, freeware, see http://www.gnome.org
- KDE, freeware, see http://www.kde.org
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