Mission Unix Dumb-Ass to Unix-guru

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    Originally posted by bookworm
    I know that the more I talk of Unix,the bigger fool I make of myself,simply cause I don't know a damn about it,but I do wanna get a distinction in the I sem.
    Can someone show me a screenshot of unix?Well,it is used for servers and clients.So i guess it has GUI.But I've been working with Windows since I was 10(and I must say,did very well with it!).So a non-Windows GUI OS is allien to my short-range brain-span.
    see the link on my above post. FreeBSD CURRENT running GAIM, two Xterm sessions (busy recompiling everything), under the windowmaker window manager

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    Linux is not resource hungry, the window managers are esp. Gnome and KDE. If you're looking for a fast as lightning GUI interface to Linux, you should go for Blackbox, Fluxbox, XFCE and probably some more out there. Most of these WMs are avaliable on the distro CDs themselves, so you probably wouldnt have to d/load them.

    If you're intersted in having a Unix, as the others have said, try FreeBSD 4.8. That's the most STABLE version thus far. They're out w/ 5.1 but it's still in the CURRENT version, meaning it needs more testing for stability.

    X windowing system (XFree86) is used both on Linux and Unix, and so are the window managers. You have Gnome/KDE/Windowmaker etc on Linux as well as on Unix.

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    ps recompiling your kernel gets you laid.
    wtf!!! ive been getting ripped of!!!



    unix looks like bsd which looks like linux.
    http://www.informania-fr.com/linux/console_ls_1.png

    think of it as dos. if you want to a gui and pretty effects(like most desktop users) you get something like kde(pics)(im not big fan of that theme, there are better) or gnome.

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    unix looks like bsd which looks like linux.
    unix IS bsd!

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    unix IS bsd!
    lol, thats what i normally say. but theres always one person that opens up the cs history book...

    i started with netbsd, i might try the bsds again. in some ways bsd does seem better, but linux makes it nicer. the documentation/style is just easier for me. but i have to give those guys(bsd) more credit.

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    >> unix IS bsd!

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    unix isnt bsd, bsd is a unix. unix isnt linux and linux isnt a unix.
    everyone clear on that?

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    pdf timeline

    bsd is as close to unix as anyone would want to go. unix is more of a concept than a os any way.


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    Indeed... And its still just one flavor of UNIX.
    The word rap as it applies to music is the result of a peculiar phonological rule which has stripped the word of its initial voiceless velar stop.

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    Ccommercial variants of Unix: e.g Sun's Solaris, IBM's AIX, Compaq's Tru64 Unix, Hewlett-Packard's HP/UX)

    Non-commercial variants : e.g Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD.

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    Most of the Unix/Linux variants seem quite similar because most make use of GNU software.
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    OK guys,its time again for another one of Bookworm's Dumb-Ass questions.
    I've decided to buy Unix.Now,as I've mentioned earlier,this will be my frist sem,I don't even know which college I'm gonna go to.But the exams are in Jan,and there r 5 Deadly subjects,including Computer Programming to be learnt,so we students start learning early.I know it sounds weird,but thats the way it goes around here.
    I bought a university prescribed book on Unix and C by E. Balagurusamy(Indian).Now the question is,I've never seen a Unix screen before.All the topics in the book are explained in such a way that it seems that the OS is Command-line!Also,it says that Unix is written in C.Now I wanna be damn sure that the OS I buy is the same one,cause the idea of a command-line OS bites me.Also,do I need to buy the OS?They say it can be freely distributed.Any "good"place I can get it from?

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    As far as I know a proprietary (commercial) Unix costs up to the thousands of $$$.

    But you certainly dont have to buy a copy of those since the non-commercial versions are always available off the web, for free download. Or you could get CDs made for you from those d/loadable version from most stores out there.

    Again, go for FreeBSD 4.8, that's the newest most stable version from BSD, the latest 5.1 still needs a whole bunch of testing.

    Unix is not all abt command line interface, tho that's where the true power of it resides in. The GUI interfaces to Unix are much like those to Linux, which are much like Windows GUI itself.

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    it sounds like a cli could scare him, go with redhat linux.

    it justs bundled better to look a little easier. bsd are alittle more traditional and stable but linux is friendlier(atleast now).

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    Nope, you shouldnt be scared of the CLI, after a while you'll really be appreciating that you learned all those commands in a CLI environment.

    When I first started using Linux, the whole idea of having to properly administer/configure the system from the CLI, nearly put me off. But I thought I wouldnt go far w/o knowing my way around the CLI, so now I'm feeling like even w/o the X, one could still do the main tasks in Linux just by using the command line. err, not that I'm that good w/ the CLI anyway

    Take it slowly and you'll be on your way hacking away at a Unix box pretty soon. And I'm sure you wont be a lame Unix learner since you've done a whole lot programming stuff yourself

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