soup, as

opposed to hot-and-sour wonton soup. Applied to hardware and software, as in "Vanilla Version 7 Unix can't run on a vanilla PDP 11/34." Also used to orthogonalise chip nomenclature; for instance, a 74V00 means what TI calls a 7400, as distinct from a 74LS00, etc. This word differs from canonical in that the latter means "default", whereas vanilla simply means "ordinary". For example, when hackers go to a chinese restaurant, hot-and-sour wonton soup is the canonical wonton soup to get (because that is what most of them usually order) even though it isn't the vanilla wonton soup.

[Jargon File]

Last updated: 1994-11-04

2. Snobol4 by Catspaw, Inc. for MS-DOS.

ftp://cs.arizona.edu/snobol4/vanilla.arc.

Last updated: 1992-02-05

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