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Definition of Unix beard

Unix beard


  • the extremely bushy, unkempt facial hair seen on many old-school Unix hackers. Often worn as a badge of honor, since the length of one's Unix beard is considered directly proportional to the owner's expertise.
    The Unix beard has fallen out of favor with many younger programmers who now work at hip tech start-ups, but old-school hackers can still be identified by their mangy Unix beards.

    Last edited on Jun 27 2015. Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 06 2014.

  • any old-school Unix programmer who has grown such a beard.
    Brian is the department Unix beard. I heard he refuses to program in anything more advanced than ALGOL

    Last edited on Aug 06 2014. Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 06 2014.

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