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Old 02-02-2005, 12:44 PM   #1
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yeah well kind of a stupid question guess.
but when they say linux or unix systems, whats the difference?

Old 02-02-2005, 12:47 PM   #2
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Not much really. Basically linux is free and UNIX is costly. Linux is just a scaled down clone of UNIX. Every distribution has their own philosophy on how their system runs though.

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Old 02-02-2005, 12:55 PM   #3
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That is a big question! As well, there are many articles on line debating. If you Goggle Linux vs Unix you will find many of them.

The basics,
- Linux is free and built by the open source community with many similarities to Unix
- Most software that runs on Unix can be re-compiled to run on Linux
- More software development and support, as of the last few years, has gone into Linux. Companies like IBM and Novell making huge investments.
- For almost any platform there is a port where Linux will run on it; Unix is much more limited.
- There are more on-line resources for Linux than Unix, only due to the popularity of Linux.

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Old 02-02-2005, 01:00 PM   #4
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ooooh! i see the difference now

thanks guys!
Old 02-02-2005, 01:14 PM   #5
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Unix is copyrighted (UnixLabs, IIRC). Linux was written from scratch to be a "work-alike" of Unix; that is, it has the same commands/file structure/etc. as Unix, but none of the Unix code went into it.


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