Neal Stephenson's "In the
Beginning was the Command Line"
Neal Stephenson, the author of
"Snow Crash", and "Cryptonomicon", wrote the following long,
but very interesting essay, discussing (amongst many
incidentals) how he had been converted from MacOS to Linux, and
why he believes that CLIs are the way ahead for the serious
I recommend you download it
for reading offline- it's some 37000 words long.
A powerful virtual machine
allowing you to run Windows NT, 9x or whatever under Linux (or
even Linux under NT *boggle*). Seems very reliable and copes
admirably with desktop applications- see the following page for
some screenshots and a link to the home page.
This is a simple menu which lists
all the current games, the players on each, and ping times for
the servers, then lets you pick a game to play and starts
xpilot for you. Uses Matt Kern's metapilot script (included in
Be warned, the current version
hasn't been designed to install neatly- you may need to edit a
few paths in the Perl scripts to get it work for you. You will
also need a copy of fping to get the ping times.
Ship Shape Editor (editss)
The following file contains the
source and binary for editss (the binary is called edss, just
run it to start the editor). Binary compiled for Linux 2.2.1
under Debian Slink (may work under Red Hat).
- Viper's Xpilot
page (including possibly the most comprehensive list of
Xpilot maps you'll find anywhere).
Last modified: Sun Apr 23 03:37:47 BST 2000