I am new to non Windows operating systems. Does anyone have advice on which UNIX OS vendor would be good for learning purposes. I was looking for a version of UNIX that runs on the Intel platform. Do you have any recommendations on where to purchase the software? Thank you.
I am also new to Unix, but I have used and installed both SCO Unix and Sun Solaris. SCO Unix is probably more Intel friendly. The newest to make waves is Linux which is growing ever popular. However there are many free versions out there on the web including Sun Solaris that you can download for free. I know this probably does not help you but I hope it is a start for understanding the easy accesability of different Unix varieties.
If you have a chance goto www.techtv.com . They reviewed some Unix systems a while back.
Originally posted by Marc Rochkind FreeBSD and Solaris are substantially more challenging for newcomers than is Linux. And, Mandrake and SuSE Linux are easier to deal with than Red Hat or any of the others I've looked at.
Maybe for installation but I will take the FreeBSD ports tree over RPM any day of the week. The ports tree is even simple for novices once they learn how to use it (and it isn't that difficult to learn).
I will agree about installation, though. The SuSE 7.x installation was very simple and very Windows like.
After using a bunch of different distros, I have found Mandrake to be the easiest to set up and use. Red Hat is also easy, but not easy as Mandrake. The last time I used Suse was when they had version 6.4, It was easy then, so I can only assume its easier to use now. I would recomend buying distros from www.linuxcentral.com you can get just disks for like 5 bucks that they make if you don't have time to download themand you don't want to spend 30+ dollars for a boxed version, you can also get FreeBSD disks. I recommend this so you can a bunch of diffrent distros at a very cheap price. You will save time downloading, save money and figure out which distro or version of Unix you like.