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Old 10-02-2004, 05:01 PM   #1
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Is there a UNIX OS?


I know there is Linux,Minux and a lot of other operating systems and they all claim to be based upon UNIX. But is UNIX an actual OS? Like can I download the ISO (or whatever they use) for UNIX and run it?
 
Old 10-02-2004, 05:03 PM   #2
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Yes, there is a UNIX OS. It is made by SCO, and it is called UnixWare. But, no (not for free) you can't download an ISO or buy a CD. That's the reason they made the UNIX clones. Because you couldn't get UNIX cheaply or easily.
 
Old 10-02-2004, 05:03 PM   #3
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No. There really isn't an OS called Unix. It's more of a family of operating systems.

Solaris from Sun is an example. Others include AIX, IRIX, HP-UX, and Free-BSD.
 
Old 10-02-2004, 05:05 PM   #4
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Go to SCO.com. There is really UNIX. SCO bought it from its previous owner.
 
Old 10-02-2004, 05:55 PM   #5
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The original Unix ran on PDP computers. You can get SIMH, which will emulate a PDP-11, and there exist disk images for some of the later Bell Labs Unix editions (I played around a little with the seventh edition). Nowadays, Sun, IBM, etc. have paid money to get their operating systems certified as Unix, because "Unix" (as a conceptual entity) has more or less evolved into a set of standards as opposed to a signle operating system. Incidentally, Bell Labs now has an OS called Plan 9, which I think is based off Unix, but I really am not sure of very many of the details.

Note, this is all really complicated. Part of the SCO vs. IBM lawsuit revolvs around exactly what part of Unix SCO owns.

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Old 10-02-2004, 06:13 PM   #6
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http://www.unix.org/what_is_unix.html
 
Old 10-02-2004, 06:42 PM   #7
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So there is a UNIX OS?? How much is it and what is it made for? Business, server??
 
Old 10-02-2004, 06:47 PM   #8
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Read everything that's posted above ... we just (tried to) explain it to you. If you're confused (and it is somewhat confusing, I grant you) ask a question revealing what exactly you're confused about.

The executive summary:
-- There is no single modern Unix system -- there are a variety of systems with a variety of uses certified as Unix.
-- The Unix trademark is owned by the Open Group. The source code passed to Novell and SCO, and is currently the subject of a lawsuit by SCO questioning,among other things, whether IBM illegally placed Unix code into the Linux kernel. Novell, incidentally, bought out SuSE, makers of SuSE Linux.
 
Old 10-02-2004, 07:12 PM   #9
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So there is a UNIX OS?? How much is it and what is it made for? Business, server??
You would regret buying UnixWare. Just go with Linux. The majority of UNIX software out there is developed for Linux. Unless you use GNU software (which is made to run on any platform), that is.

BSD is cool too. Check out FreeBSD (even though I like OpenBSD better, it just doesn't have as much hardware support) at freebsd.com. The UNIX that exists now is meant for enterprises.
 
Old 10-02-2004, 07:32 PM   #10
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There is also the Unix Rosetta Stone.
 
Old 10-02-2004, 10:18 PM   #11
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coulda sworn it was at&t unix
 
Old 10-02-2004, 10:24 PM   #12
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See also the Unix article on Wikipedia.
 
Old 10-02-2004, 11:04 PM   #13
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Wow, thanks for all the help people. If you have anymore info feel free to post.
 
Old 10-02-2004, 11:15 PM   #14
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Yes. wikipedia is a great knowledge storehouse.

That was really an informative piece on Unix.
 
  


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