Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Jan 2011 22:04 UTC
Xfce When we reported on the release of Xfce 4.8, we ignored a statement inside the release announcement about the lack of new features coming to the BSD world. The statement was a bit disconnected from the rest of the press release, but Xfce developer Jannis Pohlmann has published a blog post giving a few more details about the issue.
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jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

"*" meaning "whatever" taken from standard computer use use.
Examples:
"dir *.exe" meaning display all files where filename ends ".exe"
"rm *20110120.*" meaning remove all files that contain "20110120." in the filename

Thus; "*nix" meaning anything ending in "nix" to include Minix, Linux, BSD Unix, ATT Unix, IBM Unix and so on. You'll also see "*bsd" referring specifically to the BSD branches; OpenBSD, FreeBSD, PC-BSD.

In the end, "*nix" and "Unix like" mean the same thing.

Personally, the amount of time I spend discussing *nix related topics; I'll stick with the shorter "*nix". Not that I'll hold anyone else to that standard as often use "Linux based distributions" or specify a distribution instead of referring to the kernel type ("Linux") and "distribution" instead of "OS". Where the language does not have legal implication (deserved or not); each to there own choice of use.

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rr7.num7 Member since:
2010-04-30

Except that Linux ends in "nux", not in "nix".

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TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

Try splitting a curly one next time.

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seanpk Member since:
2009-11-17

exactly, and I have never heard of an OS called "nix" either ...

clearly, we should refer to them as:
[A-z]+n?x
or
.+n.x

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