The UNIX-HATERS Handbook Download Page
Due to being announced on Slashdot.org, the book has gotten a lot of fresh attention. I've added this page
so that those downloading the book can be aware of some history before starting their read.
Now click on the following disclaimer to download the 3.5MB PDF from a site in Massachusetts.
I have read the above and will keep it in mind while I read the Unix Haters Handbook.
- This book is ten years old . I started work on it in 1992 (maybe even 1991) while
I was a professor at Stanford. My co-editors took over after I
started work at Microsoft. (So no, it's not a Microsoft conspiracy.)
A lot has happened in the intervening decade.
- This book's target audience was people who themselves have noticed certain weaknesses in Unix at that time and could relate to our stories.
Our goal was humor. Many readers have told us
we succeeded in this. Even Eric Raymond liked it (his name is in the acknowledgements).
- The book is not meant to be balanced, it is a screed, pure and simple. Is it over the top? Yes.
- We wrote the contract with our publisher to have the copyright revert to us once the book went out of print. So yes, we have the right
to publish it online. Feel free to mirror it where ever you want, print it out, and bind it.
- Do I have any regrets? Yes, that the funniest item in the book probably isn't anything we wrote,
but is Dennis Ritchie's anti-forword. We had asked Dennis to
write a forword, thinking that since he was doing Plan 9 at that time
it would give him an opportunity to talk about how he had moved on from
Unix and fixed its flaws in his next OS. (We were young and had a lot chutzpah then.)
He read the Preface, and then sent back his essay. He told us he had worked hard to make it match the tone of its surroundings.
- If you enjoyed reading this book and felt it was worth the price of a least a movie and popcorn, send a $10 check to your favorite charity.