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Personally, my favorite explanation of X11 is found on page 139 of the Unix Hater's Handbook http://web.mit.edu/~simsong/www/ugh.pdf

"A truly portable X application is required to act like the persistent customer in Monty Python’s “Cheese Shop” sketch, or a grail seeker in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Even the simplest applications must answer many difficult questions"

Read the original for the hilariously accurate dialog that follows…




this is my favorite quote from UHG "If the designers of X Windows built cars, there would be no fewer than five steering wheels hidden about the cockpit, none of which fol- lowed the same principles—but you’d be able to shift gears with your car stereo. Useful feature, that."


> page 139 of the Unix Hater's Handbook http://web.mit.edu/~simsong/www/ugh.pdf

For quick access, put page 177 in pdf reader to get to printed page 139.



The actual form would be

http://web.mit.edu/~simsong/www/ugh.pdf#page=177

For pdf.js (used by Firefox), refer to https://github.com/mozilla/pdf.js/wiki/Viewer-options

If using Adobe Reader, refer https://www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/acrobat/pd...

(The second variant mentioned by you that works in Firefox using pdf.js appears to be a undocumented feature!)




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