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Somewhat Haphazard History
on November 15, 2012
I had higher expectations from this book. I thought it would be a well-organized or chronological history, but it's more just a bunch of interviews with people who he could contact (not all the important people of Unix). The treatment jumps around with no clear organization. It's definitely for Unix "insiders" who will already know some history. Most of his info is available from other sources anyway. Peter Salus wants to appear to be an expert in Unix history, but he is really an enthusiast who took the time to write some things up. Definitely interesting reading still, all in one book, but don't expect a complete treatment.
Also, for a history book, half the photos have no dates, and there are pictures of people who are not even mentioned in the text (eg, Evi Nemeth). Some figures have no caption or attribution (eg, UNIX VERSION TREE).