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Difference between Linux and other flavored Unix (AIX, Solaris, HPUX)

Glen Cai
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I have used all the commerial UNIX: AIX, HPUX, Solaris and
found little difference and no problem to do shell programming
and to run Unix commands.

What about Linux? What is the main difference as a user, not admin,
should know?
[ September 08, 2005: Message edited by: Glen Cai ]

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Michael Ernest
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Dorks like it better.

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Layne Lund
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From my perspective, there is little difference between the various flavors of Unix and Linux that I have used. So far, I have experience with Red Hat and Debian Linux, HP-UX, and Solaris. The main differences that I have found deal with command-line options for tools like tar, make, ps, ls, etc. For example, on my Debian system at home, I can type

tar -czf filename.tgz *

To create a zipped tar file. However, on the Solaris systems on campus, I have to do

tar -cf filename.tar * | gunzip

(or something like that) to get the same effect.


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Tim Holloway
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Solaris has a number of features appropriate to large servers running with load balancing, but commonly-used commands reflect Unix about 10 years ago. Or at least Solaris 8 did. I haven't spent enough time on 10 to pay attention.

In general, the Linux versions of these same commands have more amenities.

However, there's no "one" Linux (well, discounting what you get from RedHat and Debian stow distro-specific config information in different locations.

One thing I do appreciate about Linux over older Unixes is that the /etc directory is amost entirely text files, and they don't keep executables in it. Much tidier to maintain and manipulate.

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Mahesh Rana
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Originally posted by Michael Ernest:
Dorks like it better.

What does that mean?

Stefan Wagner
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"The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48"
dork dork (d^ork), n.
1. a person who is stupid, socially inept, or ridiculous; --
always used disparagingly. slang.

Syn: nerd; jerk. PJC

2. the penis. vulgar slang
Layne Lund
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Originally posted by Deep Narsay:

What does that mean?

I think that, in his own unique way, Michael was trying that Linux seems to have a large following among power users. In the United States, someone that knows a lot about computers is often referred to by various slang terms: nerd, dork, geek, etc.

Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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