: Unifix works just fine, and yep, it went ELF with Linux kernel 1.2.1.
: I cannot say what the number of the current Unifix release is, sorry.
: Martin Neitzel
I have the unifix linux system (Called Linux Universe), and I can't at all
recommend it. It is a very complete distribution (contains more stuff than
slackware). It comes with a 150 page book. The first half is installation and
configuration and its a real mess. Unfortunately, the distribution is different
enough that you really can't use other linux install guides to help much. The laater
half of the book is quite nice. It contains a quicky guide to the most used unix
commands and reminds me of O'Reilley's Nutshell handbook.
It has a single floppy install, that is quite nice, but not that intuitive to use
if you have used slackware's. It failed to configure X properly, but thats easily
fixed by using xf86config. I installed the complete system, but it still leaves
alot of stuff linked back to the CD, such as, kernel sources, man pages, info, and a
few other things in /usr. I personally hate distributions that stay linked to CD's.
Although it was relatively easy to correct this. This distributions system initialization
files are very system 5'ish. No rc.local to be found. If you are used to slack, you'll
be in for a rude awakening, and again the manual is not of much help. But the thing
that really turned me off, was the inability to compile any kernels other than the
1.2.1, 1.2.0, 1.95 kernels included. Now I'm not a C expert or a kernel hacker per
se, but I have compiled many kernels under slack, sls, Yggdrasil, redhat, tamu, mcc
distributions. But, I could find no way to compile any other linux 1.2 or 1.3 kernel
with this system. They have done quite a bit of customization to their kernel compilation
procedure and I just couldn't figure it out. Of course, the manual explains how to
do the compile, but it was just plain wrong. So, eventually I gave up. Too bad, though
it realy looked like it was promising.
I've just spent the past day downloading Redhat 2.0 which is all ELF. I tried the
beta version a couple weeks ago and it had some problems but was very promising.
I've just setup 2.0 and it is very, very, nice. It is a 3 floppy install and comes
with both a dialog (text based) and X based installation. It wouldn't configure X
right for my system so I used the text based install, which looks kinda like slack's
but a bit easier to use. Everything came up great after I configured X. It has some
very nice, easy to use tools for sys adm stuff. It also has an html based documentation
system running under the arena web browser. The Unifix system did too, but it ran under
lynx. The initialzation files are also quite system 5'ish but relatively easy to understand
and configure. It is a very complete distribution (more than slack) and includes
favorites of mine such as SLRN, JED, MOST from Mr Davis. They seemed to have really
scoured the net for all the latest versions of everything. Now for the one caveat, I could
not compile any kernels whatsoever cause all the gcc headers seem to be missing. Nowhere is
stdio.h to be found on the system. Ack! talk about an oversite! oh well, everything else
seems to work. As they just released this this week, I'm sure bug fixes will be forthcoming
The other elf distribution is slackware's and it is still Beta. In other words its
missing things like emacs. I suppose it is will be typical (outstanding) Volkerding quality when
So my opinion is get redhat now, wait for slack, and forget Unifix.