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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
[Unix] On-line acronym for ?Use the Source, Luke? (a pun on Obi-Wan
Kenobi's ?Use the Force, Luke!? in Star Wars) ? analogous to RTFS (sense
1), but more polite. This is a common way of suggesting that someone would
be better off reading the source code that supports whatever feature is
causing confusion, rather than making yet another futile pass through the
manuals, or broadcasting questions on Usenet that haven't attracted wizard
s to answer them.
Once upon a time in elder days, everyone running Unix had source. After
1978, AT&T's policy tightened up, so this objurgation was in theory
appropriately directed only at associates of some outfit with a Unix source
license. In practice, bootlegs of Unix source code (made precisely for
reference purposes) were so ubiquitous that one could utter it at almost
anyone on the network without concern.
Nowadays, free Unix clones have become widely enough distributed that
anyone can read source legally. The most widely distributed is certainly
Linux, with variants of the NET/2 and 4.4BSD distributions running second.
Cheap commercial Unixes with source such as BSD/OS are accelerating this
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