In the Beginning ...Was the Command Line (1999, Avon Books) 4 stars

This is "the Word" -- one man's word, certainly -- about the art (and artifice) …

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4 stars

If I had read this in 1999 I probably would have installed BeOS the next day instead of SUSE Linux, which I was knee deep in at the time. Even if BeOS is now long gone, the author had it right about OSes tending to become free, and it appears to live on as the open source Haiku. This is still a good introduction to these kind of dramas, even if the companies involved have since shifted positions. And it's a fine ode to the command line, which still holds strong under the hood, where I continue to work with it daily. Here's to the TTY!