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Politically correct Unix 21

Joab Jackson writes "Funny page I found on a " Politically Correct Unix. Examples: "The term `daemons' is a Judeo-Christian pejorative. Such processes will now be known as 'spiritual guides.'" "There will no longer be a invidious distinction between `dumb' and `smart' terminals. All terminals are equally valuable." "From now on `rich text' will be more accurately referred to as `exploitive capitalist text.'" You mighta seen this before, but its fun. link "
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  • Actually, following the threads from this post, I realized the thing I had found funniest about it was the followup by Jeff Liebermann, which can be found here:[ST_rn=qs]/getdoc.xp?AN= 280073703

    Liebermann's solution to the problem of deamons in Unix was this (quoting from his post):

    The solution to your problem is not to switch to NT but to
    upgrade to a new personal operating system that does not require
    the fear of daemons. I recommend Judaism 1.0 which had been
    offering an un-advertised competative upgrade for the last
    6,000 years. Check your phone directory for the address of
    your nearest authorized services center for details.

    I haven't read that group in a couple of years, but when I did, Jeff Liebermann was a regular poster who gave very high quality answers to SCO questions.
    Also, in the followups there is a description of the origin of the term daemon for 'system background process':[ST_rn=qs]/getdoc.xp?AN= 279753113

    Its a quote from a Unix review column by one of my personal idols, Stan Kelly-Bootle. The term goes back to CTSS.


  • I once saw a post in one one of the SCO newsgroups about how daemons were evil, and is every unix full of them. The original looked sincere enough that I didn't really think it was a troll. It of course started a huge flamefest.

    Thanks to DejaNews, I have a link to it:[ST_rn=qs]/getdoc.xp?AN= 279660590


  • The word "daemon," of course, comes from
    ancient Greece and their mythology, not
    Christianity. Oh well.
  • Old stuff, but still a little funny. BTW, I once thought it's not *that* funny... Unix IS becoming more politically correct (I hate PCness...) because one thing on the list has become true (and everyone thinks less(1) is better than more(1), grr.)
  • In Linux, daemons should of course be called paenguins. :)

  • And don't forget about SATAN, which has a script to change it's name to SANTA... whatever... maybe GIMP will have to be renamed, lest it offend actual gimps!
  • now there's an operating system that's completely customizable, and has perhaps millions of years of testing behind it...

    the Gods have a sense of humor,

  • I've never made a "this is nothing new" post before, but here goes:

    I first saw this about three or four years ago, and I assume it's been on the net for longer than that. I seem to recall that it was originally titled the "Draft Proposal for System VI Unix", or some such thing, and I gather that it was a spoof on the name "System V Unix" and that it came out at about the same time. It's not new. Of course, this page changed the name and presents it as if it were new, but that's no excuse.

    I don't generally object to the articles that get posted on /.: I don't mind links to articles that are a few days or weeks old; It's kind of dumb when the same thing is posted a week later, but that's not so bad.

    However, you really need to stop posting every old humor article that someone finds for the first time and thinks it's new. There are a lot of people out there who don't realize that there are a lot of these humor articles that have been floating around for a long time, even if it's "new to you". There are plenty of humor lists and archives (Infoseek "humor") where you can find all these things. They really don't belong here.

    David Gould
  • This may have been stolen from Stan Kelly-Bootle.

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