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Old 01-29-2011, 01:42 AM   #1
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Linux vs Unix


What are the capablities of Linux vs. Unix?
 
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Old 01-29-2011, 02:53 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ

Take a look at
http://www.google.be/search?q=linux+...ient=firefox-a

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Old 01-29-2011, 07:11 AM   #3
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unix is base for linux. Both seem to be Operational system that you can't install on hard disk. You will probably end up looking for comparioson of end user products (distributions) like ubuntu vs xubuntu.
 
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:02 AM   #4
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What are the capablities of Linux vs. Unix?
There are several versions of UNIX, each have their own strengths and weaknesses. For example Solaris has the ZFS file system which was created by Sun Microsystems. Solaris from Sun Microsystems, AIX from IBM, HP_UX from Hewlett Packard, Tru64 from Digital Equipment Corporation, and the collection of *BSD UNIXes are all independent and are all developed separately.

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unix is base for linux
That is not exactly accurate. UNIX is the inspiration for Linux but there is no official UNIX code in Linux. Linux was designed to "look and feel" like UNIX but it is not UNIX.
 
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:47 AM   #5
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Linux-Newbie and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 01-29-2011, 02:10 PM   #6
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But Linux do uses same system-calls as in Unix.
 
Old 01-29-2011, 10:49 PM   #7
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Linux refers to any computer OS based on the Linux kernel, which Linus Torvalds wrote to the published specifications of the Unix operation system. That is, he looked at the standards and wrote original code that did the same things that the standards called for. Consequently, Linux can look and act like Unix, but it is not derived from or based on Unix.

Generally, Linux will do anything Unix does, because it was written to the same specifications.

Think of a motorcar. It has four wheels, including two or four drive wheels, a motor, a transmission, a differential or transaxle, and a control cluster (driver's seat).

I see Joe's motor car.

I build something that acts like Joe's motor car, but I build it from scratch in my own machine shop: It has four wheels, including two or four drive wheels, a motor, a transmission, a differential or transaxle, and a control cluster (driver's seat). That doesn't mean that it was engineered from Joe's motor car. It's Frank's motorcar. It just does the same things that Joe's motorcar does.

But on top of that structure, there can be any number of body styles and paint jobs. Those are Linux distributions.

You have your Mini-Coopers (like Slax and Puppy Linux), your Mack trucks (like CentOS, RHEL, and Slackware), your sporty sedans (Ubuntu and Fedora), your steady reliable family wagons (like Debian and Slackware--yeah, I know I mentioned Slackware twice, Slackware is versatile), your do-it-yourself kits (like Arch and Gentoo), and so on.
 
Old 01-30-2011, 07:55 AM   #8
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A little correction about Unix vs Linux in foundation terms.
In contrast to what some here say:
Linux is not based on Unix, nor a clone. Linux is based on Minix, which itself has influences in Unix.
But Minix is not Unix. (still with me? )
The author of Minix, Andrew Stuart Tanenbaum, is a professor/teacher at a university in Amsterdam (vrije universiteit) and wanted to teach students how an OS worked.
To gain his goal; Students should be able to understood the code completely within 3 months of study. Tanenbaum created his own minimal OS based on how Unix worked (hence the name: Min(imal)(un)ix).
Along side the code there was a theoretical book "Operating Systems: Design and Implementation".
Linus studied this book on his University, and that was his trigger to build an OS himself, for fun.
The rest is history

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Old 01-30-2011, 09:06 AM   #9
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Hey, now this thread has drifted away into a discussion as what has been derived from what. That doesn't help the OP! I mean it is not fair, he has registered to LQ, and dropped a whole line consisting of no less than 8 words and we members and senior members start hair splitting over where Linus got his inspiration from. The OP had better asked such a question in Google!

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Old 01-30-2011, 10:04 AM   #10
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What are the capablities of Linux vs. Unix?
care to define in which areas you are interrested? (e.g. kernel, filesystems, userland, functionalities as in usage etc etc etc..)
Your question is rather to broad to answer in detail.

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Old 01-30-2011, 02:26 PM   #11
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Hey, now this thread has drifted away into a discussion as what has been derived from what. That doesn't help the OP!
I see your point but the original question is too vague to answer. My post tried to say that different incarnations of honest-to-goodness UNIX are diverse with their own strengths and weaknesses so you cannot say UNIX has this and Linux has that. Rather, each UNIX incarnation has its own strengths and weaknesses. You can compare and contrast Solaris to Linux or HP_UX to Linux et. al. but you cannot reasonably compare UNIX to Linux.

Still, as I say, I see your point. We should focus on helping the original poster. I think everyone who posted was trying to help the original poster understand why the question is flawed.

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Old 01-30-2011, 04:42 PM   #12
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Old 01-30-2011, 05:36 PM   #13
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I think that the wiki.answers base article is confusing the word UNIX with the word POSIX. The article is absolutely wrong.
 
Old 01-30-2011, 06:56 PM   #14
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Still, as I say, I see your point. We should focus on helping the original poster. I think everyone who posted was trying to help the original poster understand why the question is flawed.
My post was purely sarcastic. I did not mean in any way to correct the attitude of forum members.
If someone post his first post, a one-liner of 8 (eight) words with a subject about as broad as half the universe, google is a better alternative.
Frankly, without any insult intended, I hope you did not read my post well, and posted a reply just after scanning a few words. If, on the other hand you read my post well, and did not detect the sarcasm, I should work on my sarcastic posting skills. Yeah, I know, the <sarcastic></sarcastic> tags...

Sorry for any confusion.

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