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Old 12-23-2016, 12:40 AM   #1
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I am newbie here. I just want to know what is the difference between Linux and Unix? Can i do all things with linux OS, which i done with windows?
 
Old 12-23-2016, 01:05 AM   #2
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Hi & welcome! web-researching those might give more&faster info.
Basically, "similar" (tho done a bit differently) is the answer.
Think: MacOSx vs. Win.

Something I find very simple&easy&safe is: an OSboxes.org on VirtualBox.org
DistroWatch.com can suggest choices. I think you could have a 'sample' Linux
up&running on your Windows PC in well under an hour! Might you want to try this?

Let us know what you find/try! Best wishes! (any specific Linux goals/interests?)

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Old 12-23-2016, 01:25 AM   #3
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Unix is a family of operating systems. Linux is one member. Others include Android, Max OSX and Solaris. They're all very similar.

Yes, you can do everything on Linux that you do on Windows but all the programs have different names. There's a table of equivalents posted in this forum.
 
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Old 12-23-2016, 05:48 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard.

Unix is an old Operating System, originally for servers. Linux is a newer, slightly different version of the basic concepts of unix, & aimed at the general computing masses.

Linux is, in fact, only the kernel, with the rest of the system being made up from GNU software, whereas, unix is a complete Operating System, comprising of networking & basic programs like text editor & small programs that were used together by 'piping' the data through them to create an end result. Hope that helps.
 
Old 12-23-2016, 06:33 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by romangibson View Post
I just want to know what is the difference between Linux and Unix?
Welcome to LQ!
Unix | Linux
Linux is not Windows is all I know.

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Originally Posted by romangibson View Post
Can i do all things with linux OS, which i done with windows?
No.
Wear a wetsuit in a rodeo?

I can get the job done in Linux using Linux Tools.
Windows tools generally will need alternatives.
There's WINE for some stuff, but it's stripped down, a shell of Windows.

There is a gazillion articles on the net of "Top 10" or "Poll Results" for everything.

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Originally Posted by romangibson View Post
Can i do all things with linux OS, which i done with windows?
Hell no.
Hard Core vendor-locked software such as Photoshop or iTunes,
you have 2 choices.
Dual Boot or
Virtualbox > install Full Copy of Windows > software

end of story.
 
Old 12-23-2016, 07:58 AM   #6
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Virtualbox > install Full Copy of Windows > software
end of story.
Not a hard core truth,
iTunes will not completely work in Linux > VM > Windows > iTunes
revert back to dual boot
 
Old 12-23-2016, 11:20 AM   #7
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romangibson: If you're asking if everything that one does on Windows can be done with the same applications on Linux, the answer is definitely "no". I would guess that your question is more if any task accomplished on Windows can be accomplished on Linux using an equivalent native-Linux application ... In that case, my answer would be "Yes". After having been using Arch Linux as my main OS for the last 6 years or so, after having been a Windows user for many more, I have always been able to find a native Linux alternative for accomplishing tasks I used to do on Windows. Obviously, as to how much one prefers either the Win or Linux solution - YMMV.

Cheers and have fun if you decide to try Linux !
 
Old 12-23-2016, 11:45 AM   #8
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As hinted above, Unix and Linux are pretty much the same; that is, Unix is a product of Bell Labs whereas Linux is a product of Linus Torvalds. Linus developed the Linux kernel because he liked Unix but could not afford a license (he used Unix at his school). That's the long and short of it.

Unix and Linux are the kernel, the guts of the operating system.

Both come with a standard set of utilities, developed at Bell Labs in the case of Unix and developed primarily by the Free Software Foundation (and a whole lot of individuals around the world) as look-work-alike utilities with the same names but developed with no knowledge of the source code of the Unix utilities. Developers worked from the Unix manual pages to build software that would support all the command line options and functions of each program.

Bear in mind that Unix is still around in various flavors; e.g., Solaris which is AT&T System V release IV -- SVRIV -- (plus other software). Both Unix and Linux share in common that they originated using terminals, printing terminals such as Teletypes and video terminals. Both were and are multiuser, multitasking systems, both include the X Window System that provides graphics (including terminal emulators), along with pointing devices like a mouse and have done so for a couple or three decades now. All the "standard stuff" of desktop and laptop and whatever-top computing.

If you are familiar with any Unix system you'll be familiar with any Linux distribution. The utilities and applications have been ported widely, they're pretty much the same, they work, if not identically, then at least with a quick glance at a manual page.

Neither of them have any relationship with anything that Microsoft has ever produced.

If you require Windows, you are best served by VirtualBox. VirtualBox allows you to install Windows on your Linux machine -- you can do so in your home directory, on a separate disk partition or on a separate drive. You simply start VirtualBox and select an operating system that you have installed in VirtualBox (you can have multiple virtual machines) and there you go. There is no Windows pollution in Linux (and vice-versa), it's just there and usable and you can shut it off when you're done working in Windows (or a complete Linux distribution or whatever).

By the way, you can install VirtualBox in Windows and then install a complete Linux distribution in that on Windows. Pretty slick and... it works.

Hope this helps some.
 
Old 12-23-2016, 02:08 PM   #9
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If it is for at home use, you probably can't spend as much as you would with microcoughed-losedough$\órapple or get less freedom?!.

Just do it, have fun!
 
  


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