I hate to dig up a (hopefully) dead thread, but /. linked to this website:

http://www.linuxworld.com/story/45237.htm

Hopefully such a thing will address concerns like this in the future.  
Although, you still have to actually read it :-) .

Austin McDonald

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>You're right, of course.  However, I'd suggest you take the time to read
>"The Art of UNIX Programming" by Eric S. Raymond, which helps explain
>why things are the way they are.  Not to defend the status quo, but to see
>the history and choices made along the way, to see the alternatives which
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>For example, some OSes have a very long-winded command line,
>and thus never developed the utility of UNIX's shell.
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