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Old 03-03-2006, 01:07 AM   #31
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Well, we all have our memories.....
My memory of VMS was in the context of getting on the internet the first time. While the IT staff was explaining to me why I did not need to do this, a helpful soul offered me an account on a local VAX-something. So I dial-in to the VAX thru a modem, log in, and access the internet from there. In the process, I had to learn VMS.
My memories neutralize your positive memories of the help system.

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Old 03-03-2006, 05:22 AM   #32
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MAN pages are traditionally complex and difficult. For some. Remember, that UNIX was originally used by programmers only, so these were written for coders only. For me, they were a lot of gibberish complex babbling, until I took up programming (Python and Perl... if anyone cares.)... think like a coder. And it's not holding Linux back, it's just made to filter the weak of the heart and too windows too be unix
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VMS's on-line help system was better and more comprehensive than anything that I'd ever seen, by that time. Mind you, the company I worked for had all of the binders too.

My memory of VMS pre-dates my more extinsive *nix experience by almost a decade. For me, it was always the gold-standard of on-line docs. My first impressions of man pages did not hold up to my then rusty (now almost faded) memories of VMS.



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