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Old 02-28-2005, 06:43 PM   #16
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there is exactly a zero percent chance that a nix OS is on you sytem, unless you put it there yourself. You have to download a distribution from the net and install it on your system.

I RECOMMEND YOU DOWNLOAD KNOPPIX, this is a complete linux os that will boot of cd so you can start you journey.
http://www.knoppix.org/



For a linux distro that get installed on you harddrive, which there are many check out:
http://fedora.redhat.com/
http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/

There is also FreeBSD available for download:
http://www.freebsd.org/
 
Old 02-28-2005, 06:46 PM   #17
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As another side command, as usual the Wikipedia entry for Unix is extremely informative. Have fun -- J.W.
 
Old 02-28-2005, 09:25 PM   #18
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Originally posted by J.W.

Personally, from a theoretical standpoint, I think the "all software reduces to a single number" argument is interesting in the abstract, but simply does not work in the real world. Just my 2 cents -- J.W.
the "real world" can be changed quite easily given the will to do it.

cave dude in a flash of creativity come up with 2+2=4 and revolutionizes the method of calculating how many fish to catch each day for the tribe -- applies for a "intelectual property"
pattent and becomes the only fish monger allowed to count his fish.
his brother takes two bones and starts beating on a log and singing this horrible uggggh song.
then schleps down to the patent office for the protection of his "intelectual property".
now he and only he "owns" music and no one else is allowed to sing
Their sister (the smart one) invents some pictures that represent ideas and invents writing.
then goes to get a patent so no one can use her pictures or extrapolate on them so she can market the idea.
the father notices a stalk of grain that is a little different and patents his new like form (wheat) and no one can eat it or grow it without paying him.

that "real world" is a recipe for people that want to live in caves forever.

or use "unix" forever as the cae may be.

Last edited by foo_bar_foo; 02-28-2005 at 09:51 PM.
 
Old 03-01-2005, 12:01 AM   #19
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Well, if you wish to argue in court that:

* all software programs are simply a string of zeroes and ones, ie, they are just numbers
* numbers are intangible concepts / intellectual constructs; meaning that they are not property, and cannot be owned
* therefore there can be no such thing as "ownership" of software, and anyone claiming such is a fraud or charlatan

then be my guest. I respectfully suggest however that you would be facing an uphill battle -- J.W.
 
Old 03-01-2005, 12:40 AM   #20
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Hmm.. OK. I have Knoppix, and FC3. I once tried Mandrake but I didn't like it. I might put on FC3 and check out how Unix works, thanks.
 
  


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