[rescue] My Best Rescue to Date.. Ever

Charles Shannon Hendrix shannon at widomaker.com
Wed Jan 18 16:04:09 CST 2006

Tue, 17 Jan 2006 @ 12:12 -0600, Jonathan C. Patschke said:

> As I recall, it's The Whole Thing.  I'm not entire sure that some
> version of WebSphere Application Server isn't on those CDs, as well.

They seem to be trying to cram WebSphere everywhere they can.

> > I hate to see them bloating the OS media.  *ALL* of the UNIX system
> > installs should seperate the base OS install from everything else.
> AIX does.  You install BOS ("base operating system") when you boot from
> the CDs, and then you can go back and install additional packages later.

Ah, that's good then. 

I've used and programed AIX, but never installed it myself.

> > A simple base OS with an unpolluted and unbloated install, and
> > everything else seperate like it should be.
> Maybe you should run AIX. :)

Don't have the hardware. Besides, NetBSD is real UNIX, and does just
about everything right, at least for me.

> > Like... NetBSD.  Linux distributions, Sun, IBM, etc... they could all
> > learn a lot from those guys.
> Sun, maybe.

Sun, definitely.  

> >> I hate what they did to the man pages in 5.3.  I've had a hard time
> >> thinking of anything else that irritates me.
> >
> > What have they done?
> They went from IBM-style formatting to Linux-style formatting.

Linux-style formatting?  What is that?

The Linux man pages are man macro based man pages just like most other

The content sometimes sucks because GNU people often write bad
documentation and often only in info format, but that's not the fault of

All I see in the release notes for AIX 5.3 is that they format their man
pages with the text of sections indented, which sounds better to me.

Did they do other things too?

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