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I am trying to implement my computer system following the unix philosophy i.e. I want to edit files, read/send email, store data and browse the web, all using tools that comply with the unix philosophy.

Others have defined the unix philosophy better than I, but suffice it to say that I mean tools that "do one thing well", work with unix pipes and can be easily scripted. I'm looking at tools like ed, edbrowser, nmh and uzbl.

However, I wonder where like-minded people on the internet 'hang out' (e.g. a wiki or forum)? Is there any internet community, or linux distribution community, that has a large group of people who also wish to implement all their work through unix philosophy tools?

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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You may find kindred spirits at suckless.org –  sarnold Apr 7 '11 at 9:39
Are you of System V or BSD rite? –  vartec Jun 20 '11 at 9:50
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<tongue-in-cheek mode="slighty"> And of course,.... in user groups, mailing lists, IRC :) Use the tools that are good for the job. I guess the UNIX approach to discoverability would be to make sure that LKML postings come up high in all search engines. </tongue-in-cheek>

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The Arch Linux community follows a philosophy similar to the Unix philosophy, and has made a few applications such as :

uzbl follows the UNIX philosophy - "Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface."

netcfg is used to configure and manage network connections via profiles. It has pluggable support for a range of connection types, such as wireless, ethernet, ppp. It is also capable of starting/stopping many to one connections, that is, multiple connections within the same profile, optionally with bonding.

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I'd give usenet a try. Usenet is the ultimate bastion of old-school. There are some pretty solid linux and unix groups there.

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And browse Usenet with plain old rn. –  mouviciel Dec 9 '11 at 15:45
@mouviciel: Real geeks use find /var/spool/news -name | xargs less (note: find command used without reference while using a Windows system; errors possible). Seriously, I strongly prefer trn. –  David Thornley Dec 9 '11 at 17:51
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