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Old 01-17-2008, 11:14 AM   #1
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difference between unix & linux?

difference between unix & linux?
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:28 AM   #3
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I found this on a website for this :

Linux is a kernal, unix is a type of OS. Unix is a registered name so Linux cannot be described as a Unix OS however you will here linux described as a Unix like system. One thing to bear in mind is that Linux is NOT an OS it is just the kernal the GNU (recursive acronym for GNU's Not Unix) is what people often confuse as being 'Linux' this is however the command line and tools that interact with the Linux Kernal.

A Linux OS is called a distrobution and will include both the Linux Kernal and The GNU tools as well.

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Also, an interesting point to add. Unlike Unix, Linux isnt made by any company or single group of people.
Linus started the Linux Kernel, and ultimatly has the end say in what happens to Linux, however it is programmed by a global network of people who simply code for the fun of it. (Hackers)

so yes... Linux is just a kernel. A kernel is the first thing loaded when you boot, it controll's all hardware, and contains all of your drivers.

GNU is software, Like the C, C++, Assembly and other compilers, also libraries, and other base things that run on top of the kernel.

Then, there is software like, the display server. X clients like KDE (one of the many available desktop environmetns for Linux)

Linux and Unix share many similarities... For example, KDE, the graphical user environment will compile and run on both Linux, and UNIX. so some Modules of Linux, can infact be the same as Unix.


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