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Old 01-22-2002
Need a flavor of Unix

Hello all! I'm the new guy in these parts. I'm a part time college student/part time Java Intern. I've seen that during my days at work having a basic knowledge and understanding for Unix is a great benefit for us developers. I've got a dual boot on my main workstation at home of Win2K Pro and RedHat 7.1. I have a "development environment" I can use for Unix now. Does Unix work like Linux does, distro wise? If so, what are some of the more popular flavors of Unix? Thanks for any replies and I look forward to getting to know some of you guys.

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Old 01-23-2002
No. Linux versions all share the kernel as their common ties. Commercial Unix (or just "other" Unices) are usually quite different in the guts of things (like the kernel - an HP-UX kernel wouldn't work on a Solaris system, for example), but their interface may be very very similar.

For a huge list of Unix variants, check out:

The most common, though, (IMO) are Solaris, BSD, Linux, AIX, SCO (now Caldera), HP-UX, and possibly Digital... But like the list above shows, there are / have been plenty to choose from.
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Old 01-23-2002
Oh ok, well I downloaded FreeBSD overnight lastnight. I'd also like to get my hands on Solaris. Do you know where I can download it from? I've checked Sun but can't seem to find it.
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Old 01-23-2002
Keep looking... Sun's site has a page that you can order their software but they will not be supporting it anymore beyond the current version.

Also it costs about $80. However, they do have it on their site, but you may have to settle for it being shipped to you. I do believe that you can download the source files for free. Follow the links below for more info.

I believe that both of these are download sites for free.

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