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Great book, zentara!
Now, I know how to spend my next months with...
I am also, planning to start exploring the new Minix 3 that should be considered LINUX's father :) and deals great with hardware. A future blending of both would make the most powerful operating system on Earth!
I see so many similarities between both POSIX compliant OSs that I would like to have software like in SCI-FI Series of StarTrek when they arrive to a new planet and can diagnose the main characteristics of it in less than a minute.
But how could my experience guide me in where to look at and how to adapt my knowledge to this new system? Then, I thought that if I could have written certaing scripts that had explored the LINUX system when I started learning my first steps on it, I would now have a kind of bundle of scripts that would make my exploration of new operating systems easier to achieve in a short time.
Most of these OS have perl working on it! It wouldn't be difficult to run my bundle of exploring scripts in Solaris, for example, and get a brief idea of where to start looking or exploring. Or using it to point the differences between various LINUX distributions. For example, what is the root structure, or the etc/ structure, how does the system start, and so on...
If this sort of bundle could do a good job, it could even evolve into a way of translating a working system into another OS just with a click: creating variables, folders, rc scripts and links!
Notice that this is not my idea, although I haven't found out where were IBM heading, they explain a lot about what they call autonomic computer that would be able to self heal, etc.
Besides, configuring a system is no longer going to be a required step, since most new LINUX auto-configures when you boot... And Minix is said to be able to auto-re-configure just when any peripheric fails!