Whats so great about Unix?

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    Whats so great about Unix?

    People are always talking about how great unix is for programming C etc. I was wondering what is so great about it, i currently use windows. Also there are diffrent Unix's(i think) which one is best.

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    Well, C was originally developed for the UNIX platform, so there is a connection between them. However, UNIX is outdated and not very commonly used, so Windows is fine for programming.

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    Originally posted by Yawgmoth
    However, UNIX is outdated and not very commonly used, so Windows is fine for programming.
    That's ridiculously inaccurate........

    I believe most people say UNIX is best for writing C because UNIX and it's clones (Linux, BSDs, etc) are written in C for the most part.
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    First of all, Windows is okay for programming, as 90% of computers have it. Second, I was referring to the original UNIX when I said it was outdated and not very commonly used, and its offspring are a different story entirely(although, since Windows has a 90% market share, Linux etc. cannot be too too common. Just my opinion.)
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    Of course the original UNIX is outdated, as is the original Windows, Mac, Solaris, etc.

    Microsoft has 90% market share of all desktops but I seriously doubt it's that high when talking about programmers and IT professionals.
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    although, since Windows has a 90% market share, Linux etc. cannot be too too common. Just my opinion.
    That is only the home desktop market, it is quite different in the server market which is where UNIX excells.

    Unix is Stable, it's scalable, it's powerful and quite often - its free.
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    I'll admit, my ability to pound Linux-lovers' arguments into the dirt falters a bit in the Unix area (see youngprogrammers.net), but I'll give it a whirl...

    Let's try and leverage up to common ground - if we're going to compare Unices (heh) and Windows, we're talking about the NT/2k/XP models, not 9x.

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    Originally posted by vVv
    I have no idea who you're trying to fight here, -KEN-. Nobody's comparing anything with Windows.
    Actually, they were...


    but whatever. I'm no longer going to even look at this thread...

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    I don't think anyone is trying to compare windows to Unix/Linux...I was just saying that the statement that UNIX is outdated and rarely used is highly inaccurate.
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    Originally posted by Yawgmoth
    First of all, Windows is okay for programming, as 90% of computers have it. Second, I was referring to the original UNIX when I said it was outdated and not very commonly used, and its offspring are a different story entirely(although, since Windows has a 90% market share, Linux etc. cannot be too too common. Just my opinion.)
    Meaning 90% of new pc's and/or home pc's use windows. What those numbers do not tell you is that almost half of that 90% also have a) a second pc running *nix or b) windows and *nix on the same pc.

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    I would have to say that both UNIX and Windows have their place in the world - and comparing them is a little unfair because they are designed for different purposes (despite the crossover).

    I am a UNIX / Windows administrator - Windows works great on the desktop (although I run FreeBSD, my users could not). But server wise I just tend to trust *NIX. I have no success with windows machines as servers. But that is PERSONEL taste. It is what works for me and for the company. Unfortunately we could not afford to drop 60,000 dollars on a MS mail server. So we built one for 800 dollars with FreeBSD. It's a brilliant machine and it stays up significantly longer than our parent companies MS server - so I can't complain. But that just works for me - my counterparts in the parent company can't stand the text interface so they go with windows.

    It's kinda like comparing programming languages, they are different tools for different jobs and comparison just falls flat unless your a comparing SPECIFIC functionality.

    Anyway - I don't see why there has to be arguments about this stuff, choose the tools that are best for the job and you are most comfortable with and stick with them. End of story.
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    > Meaning 90% of new pc's and/or home pc's use windows. What those numbers do not tell you is that almost half of that 90% also have a) a second pc running *nix or b) windows and *nix on the same pc.

    Oh yeah? You don't honestly believe that 45% of people that buy new PCs also use *nix, do you? You have any idea how many times over any sort of an accurate number that is?

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    I personally detest windows, since I use GNU/Linux, Ive learned that UNIX is fun, relliable, great programming enviroment, great community, fast, stable, etc. Now I cant stand using Windows of any kind, I can even play my favourite games in UNIX (Quake2,3, all kinds of emulators, etc).

    Anyone out there that asnt tried it should!

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