Skip to comments.Tech Vanity: Anyone head of UNIX "VI" (NOT the editor, but a very modern version of that OS)?
Posted on 05/01/2012 10:45:24 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
I've been interviewing with some tech firms and one of them wanted to know how versed I was with "UNIX VI." Well I said I knew vi like the back of my hand, but no they seem to mean a modern version of the OS!
Help??? Wikipedia, which usually keeps up quite well with technology developments, was of no use, nor was Googling. I don't see any "UNIX VI" on any UNIX lineage chart.
Yes there was a Unix version 6 but that is an ancient thing. If there was a follow on to System V maybe it would be called VI, but if so I wonder if it was done in a sadistic effort to hide it from search engines. I thought it was more like System V dot 2, 3, 4, whatever.
It’s humor. (Literally).
Did they mean AIX 6?
AIX 6 was my first impression after consulting a modern UNIX lineage chart. But no they’re saying VI. Well I said I’d sure like to ask the manager about that one and in the meantime what hardware is this puppy running on?
Maybe it’s a trick question?
Yes that’s the chart I consulted. HP-UX 6? That’s ancient history. Maybe they’re pulling my leg to see how I respond. I’m not going to tell them baloney but I sure want to know more.
Maybe they think this is April 1 not May 1!
Maybe its a trick question?
That was my thought also. Interviewers are asking some off-the-wall questions nowadays. Maybe they wanted to see you squirm or how bad you would lie.
The more I think about it, the more a question like this would have value to a hiring manager.
I think it’s either an evaluative response question or they’re clueless about what they need.
Then again, CentOS 6 has been out for a while now.
CentOS being a community distribution based on the Red Hat distribution.
There is RHEL6 and CENTOS 6 currently, but that is not UNIX, that is linux.
SVR4 can be thought of as a framework for Unixes, but many of the vendors have moved away from that with the implementation of their own specialized packages as technology has progressed.
So there must have been a sixth edition....
Was trying to remember the Bell Labs followon to Unix...thinking it was PLAN (6) maybe.
Well here Wiki has :Plan_9_from_Bell_Labs
Well I asked them to tell me more about it and what hardware it runs on. I’m open minded and curious and ain’t going to B.S. them.
Is this company doing something special in telecommunications?
Electronic advertising and marketing — basically the mining of humongous marketing databases. That got me thinking AIX 6, about the most muscle you can get on a budget without going to massive Wintel parallelism.
Anyhow I made it plain to them I’m curious to hear more about this.
Did they mean LINUX vi?
My Bell Labs Unix System V R2 manual I worked at Bell Labs in Denver from 1982 - 1990 Some Super sub-sets of Unix
The Unix Seventh Edition is copyrighted in 1979
it was most likely UnixTSS 7 (1979)
is dated December 1983.
We used System V Release 2.
or BSD 4.3 or Amdahl UTS.
were used in Switches up through COs
My Bell Labs Unix System V R2 manual
I worked at Bell Labs in Denver from 1982 - 1990
Some Super sub-sets of Unix
It is most likely "vi" Most MTS' at Bell Labs used either "ed" or Emacs.
I think someone was pulling your leg
or they were incredibly ignorant.
It is most likely "vi"
Most MTS' at Bell Labs used either "ed" or Emacs.
“I worked at Bell Labs in Denver from 1982 - 1990”
I spent 30 years with AT&T/Lucent/Avaya myself - the bulk
of it here in the Denver area. But my time as a MTS at
Bell Labs doesn’t match up with your years.
There was nothing like the old building on 120th.
in the WE warehouse space. 120th & Pecos in Westminister.
My office was 31-F-25;
in the WE warehouse space.
120th & Pecos in Westminister.
“My office was 31-F-25;
in the WE warehouse space.
120th & Pecos in Westminister.”
I was in the warehouse space also, and I do remember it
was ‘D’ aisle, In building 31 also - but don’t remember
the room number.
It was a maze back there in the far depths of that place.
Good times for a lot of years.
Well I learned today I got turned down for that job without ever being told what this “UNIX VI” is. But they had been adamant this was an OS release, not the silly editor.
CentOS - community version of Red Hat.
version 6 came out recently:
From the site...
“CentOS 6 Releases
December 20th 2011
The CentOS team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS-6.2 for i386 and x86_64 Architectures.
CentOS-6.2 is based on the upstream release EL 6.2 and includes
packages from all variants. All upstream repositories have been combined into one, to make it easier for end users to work with.
Even CentOS seems to know better than to call it “VI” because of the colossal confusion that would create.
And it’s Linux.
And it’s a version of Linux that most businesses with any appreciable volume of business wouldn’t bother with in preference to the formally supported and support contract available Red Hat.
I never did find out from those folks what this UNIX VI was. But they didn’t want to hire me for the job. Oh well. I’m looking at EPIC now, which has gotten interested enough in me to have me take some commercially administered programming logic tests tomorrow.
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