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khodeir 02-24-2009 06:00 PM

what is all this OSes
Hi all
I was searching for some information about Linux and BSD appears :)
FreeBSD,PCBsd,DesktopBSD :)
All of them are great
I found Unix too (Solaris), they said that it is Good too
it is soooo hard to choose between them
I was happy with my Fedora but my friends told me the best is BSD :(
All people say what they like
I advised my self that i should try and say what is suitable for me
but where is the space on my disk and where is the time and where is the bandwidht
so i decided to take the impressions from people who tried them before
any impressions?????

stress_junkie 02-24-2009 06:33 PM

You are caught in the dilemma of having an abundance of good options.

BSD is genuine Unix as is Solaris/Sun OS. That may appeal to you if you are trying to learn Unix for work.

Linux is based on Unix but it is NOT Unix. The kernel developers are straying from the Unix model in favor of improving the operating system. I like their choices. Many distributions of Linux won't be very helpful if you are trying to learn genuine Unix. Distributions like Gentoo are too idiomatic. Learning how to accomplish tasks in these systems won't help you in work if you have to run an HP-UX or HP Tru64 or IBM AIX computer.

Linux has a lot of free software available that is business grade quality. The true Unix operating systems do not have a lot of free software available.

If, given the above, you prefer Linux then you still have many good choices. You should probably stay with the one that you know until there is a good reason to change. Fedora is a fine system. Many people use it so it is easy to find answers to questions.

pixellany 02-24-2009 06:34 PM

There is no "best". You simply have to chose what works for you----the best for you may simply be the last one you try.

You might find distrowatch useful.

paulsm4 02-24-2009 06:43 PM

Hi -

"Virtual machines" are a great way to experiment with different OS's (and see which one(s) you like best!).

You'll need lots of RAM - and lots and lots of disk space - but it's faster, cheaper and easier than installing (and reinstalling) different OS's directly on your PC.

VirtualBox and VMware are two good choices.

Here's a great article on how to get started with VirtualBox ("V-Box") under Ubuntu:

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