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Old 08-15-2001
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What is a UNIX box and how do i get one, since every store only sells PC's with Windows on it, for crying out loud i never even saw a UNIX load since it is so uncommon, can anyone please tell me. Or tell me off cause i am wasting my time and money buying a UNIX system and , like me, can bearly operate visual basic.

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Old 08-15-2001
Go to your local computer store, or get on the web and find a copy of Linux. You can buy a copy starting at around $30 at major computer retailers, or you can get a copy for the cost of media ($5-10) at somewhere like CheapBytes. You can also download it for free if you have a fast network connection. There are versions for Intel (most common), Alpha, PowerPC, HP PA-Risc, Sparc, and others. You can use just about any hardware from a 386 to the latest Pentium 4. Unlike Windows, Linux does not require you to have the latest and greatest hardware. I happily ran Linux on an original Pentium-133 until just a few weeks ago -- it ran for approx. 2 years, with no unplanned downtime.

I would recommend starting with RedHat, purchased at a retail store. RedHat is one of the most newbie-friendly distributions, and your $30 will buy you a printed manual and some basic technical support.

Check the FAQ section of this message board to find some info on introductory books you might like to read to help you get started.

Last edited by PxT; 08-15-2001 at 03:15 PM..
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Old 08-15-2001
Thanx PxT
 

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