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#1 cmputr rtrd

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 09:13 AM

I need some help with understanding, the differences between linux and unix, also would I be able to set up a virtual environment on my computer without actually replacing my OS, and lastly would it be possible to just get linux or unix from a torrent? I know these sound like dumb questions but thanks for giving me some advice

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 01:17 PM

Linux was created from Unix.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux

For a virtual environment, check out Virtualbox. You just need an ISO file of the OS you want to install.
http://www.virtualbox.org/

Most Linux distributions are free so getting them from a torrent would not be illegal, but I would reccommend getting them right from the official websites because you get the latest version and everything.

Here are a few common linux distros:
www.ubuntu.com/
http://fedoraproject.org/
http://www.linuxmint.com/ (kind of based off ubuntu)

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 01:17 PM

Linux is the open source implementation of a Unix-like system, have a look at this article for details.

Setting up a virtual environment is quite simple using programs such as VMWare and VirtualBox.

I don't believe that any official Unixes are available (legally) via bit torrent, though many versions of Linux use it as one of their primary distribution channels.

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 01:49 PM

I don't believe that any official Unixes are available (legally) via bit torrent, though many versions of Linux use it as one of their primary distribution channels.


You are correct. The closest that you will get to using a unix system is to use BSD. Some examples of BSD are FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD.

Cheers!




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