OT: Unix or UNIX or unix

Pastor JW pastor_jw at the-inner-circle.org
Thu Jun 11 17:10:26 UTC 2009


On Wednesday 10 June 2009 4:23:53 pm CJ Kelley wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 4:04 PM, Karl F. Larsen <klarsen1 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > Smoot Carl-Mitchell wrote:
> > > On Wed, 2009-06-10 at 15:24 -0600, CJ Kelley wrote:
> > >> <snip>
> > >>
> > >>                The 386 was a great CPU from Intel and the Linux kernel
> > >>         allows us to
> > >>         make a great Unix computer. The Unix design makes it safer and
> > >>         more
> > >>         capable than a current Windows. I have always been amazed that
> > >>         Windows
> > >>         didn't take Unix and run.
> > >> </snip>
> > >>
> > >> my instructor told us one day when he was giving a lecture about the
> > >> history of linux and unix that windows's network layer was taken from
> > >> linux. This was back in the windows 9x days..so windows current
> > >> network layer is no longer unixes.
> > >
> > > The Windows TCP/IP implementation was taken from BSD Unix which had a
> > > much more permissive license which allowed Microsoft to use the
> > > codebase with attribution.

Windoze like the Borg, as a standard practice just takes and assimilates 
rather than creates.  

> > > Linux is a Unix work-alike and presents a POSIX compliant system
> > > services API with extensions.  It is not Unix in the sense that the
> > > Linux kernel codebase is not derived from any previous Unix variant as
> > > originally licensed from AT&T all those many years ago.

Nor is it multi-tasking multi-user as Unix was designed to be although with 
the faster processors they are stating to fake it pretty well!

> so is unix a non-free platform? i always thought it was. Ive never really
> worked with unix as much as i have linux..so my unix knowledge is not all
> that great

No Unix is not free but once you have it you are free to create any additional 
tools you might need.  I got System V rel 4 with my Amiga 3000ux and still 
run it although it did not play nice with the 68040 or 68050 chips so is 
still on one 68030 based Amiga 3000ux.  The other one, BSD, worked well on 
the 4000s with the '040, '050 and '060 chips so was faster there. 


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