18 June 2009

Nostalgia win

A blast from the past, courtesy the NY Times:

In 2001, Ximian was a big deal. At least, it was a big deal on Slashdot. (One more college habit I've managed to kick.) This article describes the carefree, freewheeling environment of the bubble days, when you could expect random people on the Internet to su to root and source a shell script from a web page into their computer:

# lynx -source http://go-gnome.com | sh

For you non-nerds, this is the computer equivalent of taking a syringe from a random stranger and jabbing it into your arm. Ximian went out of business a long time ago, and go-gnome.com is long dead, but you can see the old shell script here.

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