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E Pluribus Unix is a sort of "battlecry" for those who subscribe to the paradigm of UNIX vs. Microsoft way of thinking. UNIX is (for all practical purposes) an alternative "mindset" for dealing with Software Freedom and other realted ways of thinking about the use of software and the Internet. It is based on the revolutionary motto of the USA, w:E pluribus unum and has been used on newsgroups as early as 1976, the "bicenteinial year" of American Independance.

The basic theme involves the "plural yet unified" aspect of Unix® as a multi-user environment capable of executing many concurrent threads (multi-tasking|) while maintaining a high degree of referential integrity due to its architecture.

"...the Unix culture appreciates programs that stay textual. They don't like GUIs much, except as lipstick painted cleanly on top of textual programs..." -Joel Spolsky


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