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The Unix Philosophy: Keep It Simple

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Unix was created by programmers, for programmers. Those early developers weren’t flashy. They wanted tools that worked, not tools that looked pretty.

Here’s the core of their philosophy:

Sounds great, but why?

Not everyone agrees

Some say Unix is unfriendly to new users. Others say it’s inefficient compared to modern, all-in-one systems.

But the Unix philosophy has endured for a reason.

My two cents

I’m not a Unix purist, but I love the idea of simplicity.

It’s tempting to want software that does everything. Yet, the most powerful tools - the ones that stand the test of time - often focus on doing one thing exceptionally well.

Is there a lesson here, even for us non-programmers? =)

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