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Old 01-22-2002
Posix and linux

What is posix? What is the relation between Posix, Unix and linux?
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Old 01-22-2002
A very simple way to describe them is that POSIX is one major "Unix standard". There are others, like XPG and SVID.
A quick search on Google pulled this up: http://www.robelle.com/smugbook/posix.html

"Unix" as it was now ceases to be. The true decendant of the AT&T Unix source code is now held by Caldera, who bought out SCO. Check out http://unix.about.com for lots of Unix history and facts. Many companies and groups put out their own Unix-like operating systems, for example: HP-UX, Solaris, *BSD, Caldera...

Linux was originally started as a Unix-like system that would run on checp PC hardware. Other alternatives include Hurd, Minix, the BSD family, and there's still other small ones running about.

Hope that answers a few questions...
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