Os info wanted
Can anyone please tell me: -
1. What is the difference between Unix and Linux?
2. What is BEOS?
Well now Red Hat linux has a GUI whereis Unix doesnot, That is one difference also how the file system is different Linux uses a XFS file system, but keep in mind that there a whole lot operating system that are unix, Sun OS, Sparc, SCO ect... But in the long run they are all about the same.
To be pedantic Unix is a trademark owned by SCO so when we talk about Unix, srictly speaking we're talking SCO.
Linux is competition for SCO since their
implementations run on Intel platforms whereas the other flavours run on proprietary hardware eg. IBM AIX runs on IBM RS6000 hardware.
The differences betwen the Unix flavours can't be described in a small space but needless to say they are very different and very similar at the same time. The biggest difference tends to be the way disks and filesystems are handled.
As for GUI's; Unix 126.96.36.199 had a GUI ten years ago. Most Unix systems use a GUI called the Common Desktop Environment, which is in my opinion superior to the MS GUI. The CDE enables administrators to move between different types of Unix and keep a familiar look and feel.
If you want to see the future of Unix don't look to Linux, look to Project Monterey:
Well, others have a better grip on Unix then I do, but I run BeOS. Actually only for 28 hours now, but I amazed at how stable this system is. Also in it's ease to network with my Win98 machine and my linux machine. It reads Fat16, Fat32, ext2, and others. I can print to my windows printer, easily, more easily then with my RH 6.0 machine. To date, I have run (all at once) 12 downloads, spell checked a 90 page document, ran 4 or 5 3D movies and played an MP3 in the background. The system showed no ill effects, no slowdown in switching apps or desktops (yes, multiple one, you choose the number). I am running a K6-3 450 (o/c'd to 525) with 128MB PC100, 8GB HD (Western Digital). RIVA TNT chipset video card and a creative soundblaster sound card.
I definately recomment this OS to anyone as a seond and quite possibly main OS. The only things lacking of real obvious comparison to other systems is a decent web browser, NetPositive doesn't cut it. Although Netscape is in process of porting and Opera is available, although quite buggy.
The other nice feature is true memory allocation for apps. I used opera alot to test this, it crashed several times, but not once did it ever bring down anything else or the system. BeOS informs you it crashed, then says "BeOS will close the program and clean things up". Downloads kept going, spell check didn't miss a beat nor did the MP3 playing!
Installing anything, hardware (I wouldn't be installing any PCI cards or anything like that without rebooting, but you get the idea) software, drivers all install and the system initializes them with rebooting. Can't say windows has ever been that nice to me. I changed my network setting lots before I got my exact settings, just a simple button to restart what you needed to, not the whole system. Alright, this is enough to type about. Probably gonna make some people mad at this length, but though I would offer some help. email me with any other questions or check out www.be.com
[This message has been edited by Maginno (edited 09-30-99).]
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