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Old 07-14-2001
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Hi everyone:

I hope someone can guide me in the right direction.

I have decided to take up the challenge of learning a new OS. Now I can build my own computer and all that stuff. I know how Windows works. I see UNIX as an oppurtunity to gain the upper hand on a lot of other people who might be ignorant towards it. Is it possible to download UNIX for free or do I have to use Linux to get at UNIX? What type of LINUX is best Red Hat etc....

I look forward to eveyones comments

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Old 07-14-2001
Excellent choice!
I think a common misconception is a real difference between UNIX and Linux (and BSD, and so on...). The true UNIX, as a pure operating system, no longer exists, as it is , as Neo so eloquently states, an "architectural philosophy, not a product".

In my learning experience, I have found Linux (particularly RedHat) to be the most friendly. There are tons of programs, scripts, and documentation available for just about everything. Other prefer different distributions of Linux, different vendors of UNIX, or even specific versions of those packages. If you go the RedHat route, I can recommend the RedHat Bible. It takes you from installation to administration, and includes a copy of the installation and software/source disks. If you fancy something else, check out www.cheapbytes.com. No matter which UNIX you select, you're bound to find great books at most major bookstores that will help you out with it.

Good luck, have fun, and post back to let me know how you're doing!

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Old 07-16-2001

I downloaded RedHat 7.1 directly from RedHat , for free!!
There are two required files you need, both of which are around 640Mb and they both are disk image files, so you can easily burn them to a CD-R. You also have the option of downloading a PowerTools disk image file and a RPM's disk image. I recommend you download all four, but you don't have to if you are pressed for hard drive space. You can use the disk image files to install Linux from your hard drive. Also, you will need a boot disk image, not a big download. THe site explains EVERYTHING about installation etc.
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