> about 99 million versions of unix out there, and I don't have the
> faintest idea what the difference is. Some questions:
`ps' will look a bit different in that they'll take different switches
from one brand UNIX to the next. Deeper down, there are major
differences in how the different unicies deal with multi-tasking
processes (scheduling), security issues, etc. I believe strongly in the
LINUX project, and think it's probably the way to go (free, active,
modernized, good packaging facility (debian and Red Hat have rpm, others
do too I think). You can download it for free. There are numerous
newsgroups for it, (as with BSD, which is also free, and also good).
anyway, when you ask people:
realize that this is like asking "what religion should I subscribe to".Quote:> What version of Unix should I get?
I say Linux, but then again, it's religion. You really should read some
FAQs on the web about what the differences are.
depends which one. some you must buy CDs for (like Solaris, which isQuote:> How can I get Unix?
good, but huge, and you don't get to see the source code), and some you
can download as well (like the BSD/LINUX/HURD(gnu) stuff). Shoot, if it
*were* a religion, I'd have to have to pay for it--and much less not get
to read the source (like needing holy priests to interpret the bible for
you, and tell you what you're supposed to be doing, and what things
yes. separate partitions. LILO boot mechanism or something. You canQuote:> Can Unix and win95 work on the same computer? (damn Gates and his
decide what to load (windoze/UNIX) at boot time.
hells yeah! it's all documented on-line. don't EVER think you need aQuote:> Will I be able to use unix without getting a computer science degree?
degree to learn UNIX. It just sounds hard. It's not.
I hate people who flame for stuff like this. I say *DON'T* tollerateQuote:> If all this information is in the FAQ or something, please feel free to
> flame someone else. Sorry. :)
flamage. You're a new user, and you're only asking some simple
the FAQs are all over the place. just do a web search or something.
you're bound to find good stuff. or buy an introductory book to get
One last thing (personal). when you start using UNIX, try to learn
Emacs (or even better XEmacs). This will help you a lot. It's the best
editor for UNIX (and it's free).