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Tech Vanity: Anyone head of UNIX "VI" (NOT the editor, but a very modern version of that OS)?
May 1, 2012 | HiTech RedNeck

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.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: hitech
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1 posted on 05/01/2012 10:45:31 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It’s humor. (Literally).


2 posted on 05/01/2012 10:48:44 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Did they mean AIX 6?


3 posted on 05/01/2012 10:49:44 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: HiTech RedNeck
HP-UX?

4 posted on 05/01/2012 10:51:07 AM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: bolobaby

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?


5 posted on 05/01/2012 10:51:48 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (To the devil with them and the high horses they rode in on.)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; stylin_geek; ...

6 posted on 05/01/2012 10:52:09 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Maybe it’s a trick question?


7 posted on 05/01/2012 10:52:22 AM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: TSgt

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.


8 posted on 05/01/2012 10:53:52 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (To the devil with them and the high horses they rode in on.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

http://www.baltimoremd.com/technology/newunix.html

http://www.davedoyle.com/prof/pastProjects/Nerd/humor/pc_unix.html


9 posted on 05/01/2012 10:56:08 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Maybe they think this is April 1 not May 1!


10 posted on 05/01/2012 11:02:02 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (To the devil with them and the high horses they rode in on.)
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To: upchuck

Maybe it’s 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.


11 posted on 05/01/2012 11:12:22 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I think it’s either an evaluative response question or they’re clueless about what they need.


12 posted on 05/01/2012 11:16:17 AM PDT by Bogey78O (Don't call them jihadis. Call them irhabis. Tick them off, don't entertain their delusion.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Then again, CentOS 6 has been out for a while now.

CentOS being a community distribution based on the Red Hat distribution.


13 posted on 05/01/2012 11:25:35 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
If they are not messing with you, they were provided the question in error. There is System V with release levels. Release six was to come from SCO I believe, but you and I both know what happened with SCO.

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.

14 posted on 05/01/2012 11:31:59 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Unix Seventh Edition Manual

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

15 posted on 05/01/2012 11:33:22 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: Eccl 10:2

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.


16 posted on 05/01/2012 11:42:24 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (To the devil with them and the high horses they rode in on.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Is this company doing something special in telecommunications?


17 posted on 05/01/2012 11:43:29 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


18 posted on 05/01/2012 11:46:26 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (To the devil with them and the high horses they rode in on.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Did they mean LINUX vi?


19 posted on 05/01/2012 12:31:50 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; HiTech RedNeck
Unix Seventh Edition Manual
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

The Unix Seventh Edition is copyrighted in 1979
it was most likely UnixTSS 7 (1979)

My Bell Labs Unix System V R2 manual
is dated December 1983.

I worked at Bell Labs in Denver from 1982 - 1990
We used System V Release 2.
or BSD 4.3 or Amdahl UTS.

Some Super sub-sets of Unix
were used in Switches up through COs


20 posted on 05/01/2012 1:02:29 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

OK,...thanks.


21 posted on 05/01/2012 1:09:22 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming HOAX is about Global Governance)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I've been interviewing with some tech firms and one of them wanted to know how versed I was with "UNIX VI."

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.


22 posted on 05/01/2012 1:14:33 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

Quote:
“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.


23 posted on 05/01/2012 2:55:19 PM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Verbosus
There was nothing like the old building on 120th.

My office was 31-F-25;

in the WE warehouse space.

120th & Pecos in Westminister.


24 posted on 05/01/2012 3:15:23 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
If you find out what the answer is, ping us. I'm curious too, to see if they are just pulling your leg or are confused. I suspect "VI" is actually 'vi'. Now if they'd been talking about EMACS or something, I'd believe them stuffing an operating system in there.
25 posted on 05/02/2012 6:08:50 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

Quote:
“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.


26 posted on 05/02/2012 7:45:05 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Verbosus
;-)

27 posted on 05/02/2012 9:53:28 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: zeugma; All

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.


28 posted on 05/02/2012 10:56:57 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Away with them and the high horses they rode in on.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

http://www.centos.org/

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.


29 posted on 05/10/2012 10:02:30 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Thanks...

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.


30 posted on 05/11/2012 8:04:41 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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