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#1 OFFLINE   sunrat

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 09:31 PM

Interesting site with deep musings on Unix philosophy.
http://catb.org/~esr...oans/index.html

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Master Foo and the MCSE

Once, a famous Windows system administrator came to Master Foo and asked him for instruction: “I have heard that you are a powerful Unix wizard. Let us trade secrets, that we may both gain thereby.”
Master Foo said: “It is good that you seek wisdom. But in the Way of Unix, there are no secrets.”
The administrator looked puzzled at this. “But it is said that you are a great Unix guru who knows all the innermost mysteries. As do I in Windows; I am an MCSE, and I have many other certifications of knowledge not common in the world. I know even the most obscure registry entries by heart. I can tell you everything about the Windows API, yes, even secrets those of Redmond have half-forgotten. What is the arcane lore that gives you your power?”
Master Foo said: “I have none. Nothing is hidden, nothing is revealed.”
Growing angry, the administrator said “Very well, if you hold no secrets, then tell me: what do I have to know to become as powerful in the Unix way as you?”
Master Foo said: “A man who mistakes secrets for knowledge is like a man who, seeking light, hugs a candle so closely that he smothers it and burns his hand.”
Upon hearing this, the administrator was enlightened.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:30 AM



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Master Foo and the End User

On another occasion when Master Foo gave public instruction, an end user, having heard tales of the Master's wisdom, came to him for guidance.
He bowed three times to Master Foo. “I wish to learn the Great Way of Unix,” he said “but the command line confuses me.”
Some of the onlooking neophytes began to mock the end user, calling him “clueless” and saying that the Way of Unix is only for those of discipline and intelligence.
The Master held up a hand for silence, and called the most obstreperous of the neophytes who had mocked forward, to where he and the end user sat.
“Tell me,” he asked the neophyte, “of the code you have written and the works of design you have uttered.”
The neophyte began to stammer out a reply, but fell silent.
Master Foo turned to the end-user. “Tell me,” he inquired, “why do you seek the Way?”
“I am discontent with the software I see around me,” the end user replied. “It neither performs reliably nor pleases the eye and hand. Having heard that the Unix way, though difficult, is superior, I seek to cast aside all snares and delusions.”
“And what do you do in the world,” asked Master Foo, “that you must strive with software?”
“I am a builder,” the end user replied, “Many of the houses of this town were made under my chop.”
Master Foo turned back to the neophyte. “The housecat may mock the tiger,” said the master, “but doing so will not make his purr into a roar.”
Upon hearing this, the neophyte was enlightened.

Might be a good idea to post this as a sticky over at the Arch forums, or any of half a dozen other distro forums. :whistling:
Install ARCH
You'll never need to install it again
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 07:09 PM

View Postsunrat, on 08 August 2018 - 09:31 PM, said:

Interesting site with deep musings on Unix philosophy.
http://catb.org/~esr...oans/index.html

Example:

Quote

Master Foo and the MCSE

Once, a famous Windows system administrator came to Master Foo and asked him for instruction: “I have heard that you are a powerful Unix wizard. Let us trade secrets, that we may both gain thereby.”
Master Foo said: “It is good that you seek wisdom. But in the Way of Unix, there are no secrets.”
The administrator looked puzzled at this. “But it is said that you are a great Unix guru who knows all the innermost mysteries. As do I in Windows; I am an MCSE, and I have many other certifications of knowledge not common in the world. I know even the most obscure registry entries by heart. I can tell you everything about the Windows API, yes, even secrets those of Redmond have half-forgotten. What is the arcane lore that gives you your power?”
Master Foo said: “I have none. Nothing is hidden, nothing is revealed.”
Growing angry, the administrator said “Very well, if you hold no secrets, then tell me: what do I have to know to become as powerful in the Unix way as you?”
Master Foo said: “A man who mistakes secrets for knowledge is like a man who, seeking light, hugs a candle so closely that he smothers it and burns his hand.”
Upon hearing this, the administrator was enlightened.

Ah yeah, I remember this one. It's probably been over 10 years since I have read that. Good stuff.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 07:12 PM

Good ole Eric Raymond
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Posted 12 August 2018 - 12:37 AM

Hello,

I have a couple of friends who have studied for the RHCE exam.  It is not for the faint of heart.

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