In Defense of AIX

A dialog with Dan Foster

AIX has been around since the 1980s, but this edition is the first to include it as an example system. We considered adding AIX to several previous editions, but always judged it to be too different from other versions of UNIX—and perhaps a bit too peculiar—to fit comfortably alongside them.

We wanted to welcome AIX with open arms. Nevertheless, careful readers may notice a certain consistency of tone regarding AIX, a tone that is not altogether laudatory. Like an unhousebroken puppy, AIX always seems to be doing something wrong and never quite understanding why everyone seems so upset.

We feel bad; who likes to yell at a puppy? To help balance the scales, we asked Dan Foster, one of our technical reviewers ...

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