Re: Neal Stephenson on virtue of OSses (& more)

Freeman Craig Presson (
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 23:04:04 -0500

<color><param>0100,0100,0100</param><FontFamily><param>Courier New</param><smaller>On 19 Jun 99, <color><param>7F00,0000,0000</param>Eugene Leitl<color><param>0100,0100,0100</param> wrote:



> Who would have thought. Neal Stephenson is using.... Debian Linux.

</color><FontFamily><param>Arial</param><bigger>Interesting essay. I found a variety of technical errors in it, none of them crippling, in among some good sharp insights.

I finished _Cryptonomicon_ a couple of weeks ago -- it makes the aforementioned reference to "Eutropians," and frequently refers to a free Unix OS called Finux (named for the nationality instead of the given name of the instigator). There are also lightly "encrypted" references to several current luminaries in cryptology. Makes me wonder what else he may have salted the text with; maybe there are all kinds of little treasures for historians or military cognoscenti.

-- (Freeman Craig Presson)