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icehari 01-14-2010 11:29 AM

HP UNIX alternative for learning purpose
Hello friends,
I would like to learn HP unix and i know we cann't install hp unix in pc.
Is there any alternative Operating System which has similar environment like hp unix that can be installed in a pc or laptop..

I heard Open BSD is having some features like HP Unix, what's your comment about that?
Any reply will be greatly helpful.
Thanks & warm Regards..

MensaWater 01-14-2010 01:46 PM

Except that they are both "UNIX" rather than "Linux" BSD isn't very much like HP-UX.

For most day to day purposes knowing one flavor of UNIX or Linux is very helpful on most other flavors. However, there are differences in options for the same command name on different UNIX and Linux OSes.

The main differences in UNIX variants and Linux distros are in administrative tools. For example HP-UX using SD (swinstall etc...) for installing new packages whereas Solaris uses a different tool, RedHat, Fedora and CentOS Linux use rpm and yum whereas Debian, Ubuntu and others use apt and BSD does it differently than all of those. Similarly network configuration is different. HP-UX has an admin tool called SAM whereas AIX uses SMIT or SMITTY, Solaris uses multiple tools and Linux variants use different tools.

On the flip side HP-UX has native support for LVM which is now available in Linux and the implementation on the two is very similar using mostly the same commands.

If your idea is to get experience as an HP-UX admin there really isn't going to be much substitute for using a live HP-UX system. There are resellers of refurbished equipment but even then it isn't cheap as compared to PCs.

chrism01 01-14-2010 05:43 PM

The above is correct. However, all the HP docs are avail free to read online here:

Smartpatrol 01-14-2010 11:48 PM


rich_c 01-15-2010 03:42 AM

As mentioned, for anything other than 'UNIX Fundamentals' you do need the exact system in question.

However for learning those fundamentals, my opinion is that Linux is a fine choice. Browsing through the Debian repositories, there are a lot of different shells available so you should be able to get a pretty similar environment for doing practical examples.

icehari 01-15-2010 08:28 AM

thank you for your reply friends but i am interested to learn HP-UNIX can you guys provide me some web url and live blogs which is related to HP-UNIX.

strick1226 01-15-2010 09:30 AM

Have you looked at the link from chrism01? There's a lot of HP-UX-specific documentation on there, free for the downloading. Good stuff there.

Beyond that, I agree with the majority here--it's best to make an investment in your future career by purchasing an older system on eBay and actually run the operating system yourself. Given the differences between comomercial Unixes, experience really is the best teacher.

MensaWater 01-15-2010 11:49 AM

Of course one drawback to buying the PA-RISC used equipment is that HP quit making PA-RISC at the end of 2008. All newer systems are running Itanium instead.

Tinkster 01-15-2010 06:04 PM

Moved: This thread is more suitable in <Other *nix> and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.

GooseYArd 01-15-2010 06:10 PM

you can probably find an old beat up hpux box on ebay for next to nothing.

Smartpatrol 01-16-2010 12:38 AM


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