Mastery of UNIX, like mastery of language, offers real freedom. The price of freedom is always dear, but there's no substitute. Personally, I'd rather pay for my freedom than live in a bitmapped, pop-up-happy dungeon like NT. Food for thought: Those who have not already read Dan Bernstein's pages about his issues with Unix might want to. He's prickly, but it's worth putting up with.

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Mastery of UNIX, like mastery of language, offers real freedom. The price of freedom is always dear, but there's no substitute. Personally, I'd rather pay for my freedom than live in a bitmapped, pop-up-happy dungeon like NT. Food for thought: Those who have not already read Dan Bernstein's pages about his issues with Unix might want to. He's prickly, but it's worth putting up with. There are a few things in there that perhaps should influence future work at freestandards. At the very least, he makes you think.

Although Linux is the most popular flavor of Unix now and more books published about Linux that for other free UNIXes, it's actually not the best implementation of Unix and one should not limit oneself to Linux only. FreeBSD now experience some kind of Renaissance on the desktop as many people oppose introduction of systemd. Unix is one of the IT world's few living legends. It has been in continuous use since its birth in , and its storied past is like that of a nation: Inept rulers brought it to the brink of ruin, a dictator was deposed by a public rebellion, coalitions were made and dissolved, party loyalists inflamed passions by defecting to the other side and, for a time, anarchy reigned.

For corporations, Unix's journey through adolescence was anything but fun. Corporate users rode out Unix's growing pains, in part by ignoring vendor pleas to install every new OS upgrade.

Unix is no fire-and-forget endeavor. It takes months to tweak out a Unix server for optimal performance and stability. But once you find that elusive combination of hardware, OS version, and patches, you leave it alone. Unix has endured because, when it is tuned, a Unix box is a magnificent beast. It seems able to shoulder any load, and it'll run and run until something melts. Many believe that Linux hurt commercial Unix by doing for free what expensive operating systems had done for years.

Using Linux as a teaching tool, universities are once again graduating Unix-literate administrators and developers. Linux knowledge isn't directly applicable to enterprise Unix systems, but Linux experience creates a solid foundation for enterprise training as well as an understanding of why Linux has not replaced Unix.

Commercial Unix development, particularly bug fixes and enhancements, is spurred ahead by the knowledge that an entire product line, even an entire company, rides on the OS.

Our snapshots look at six commercial Unix variants, giving you an idea of where each is and where each is headed. The application score shows how many of the sets each OS supports. Finally, we gave each an overall score to illustrate how healthy each is for work in the enterprise. The score depicts each variant's outlook, based on the pace of new development, software portability, quality of documentation and support, and market position.

Prognosis : SGI can't win. That brought cries of abandonment from SGI's existing Irix customers, forcing the company to promise new Irix platforms through That serves SGI's data-intensive traditional markets film and TV animation, medical and scientific visualization, and high-end digital media well, but that niche is too small to sustain SGI.

The way we see it, there's no real hope: Irix is a goner. Hopefully, its user base will support future servers based on Linux and other operating systems. If not, we hope Irix doesn't take SGI down with it. Prognosis : AIX 5L, code-named Project Monterey, borrows pieces from several Unix implementations to create a versatile, broadly compatible operating environment. Advantages : Tru64 uses the powerful, lightweight Carnegie-Mellon Mach kernel; the bit Alpha CPU is the best available for small and midsize servers; this continues Digital Equipment's legacy of creating powerful, affordable server systems.

Disadvantages : Compaq lacks experience and credibility outside the Intel server market; Linux is very popular among Alpha users; and holes in System V compatibility make application porting difficult. Now Compaq has to earn the trust of the large-scale server market. Unfortunately, Compaq's PC credentials do it more harm than good. Intel will undoubtedly pressure Compaq to prefer IA chips over Alpha.

Tru64 Unix on Alpha leads the pack in raw performance, but we suggest you wait to see what Compaq does with Alpha after IA debuts. Prognosis : Hewlett-Packard is the Volvo of IT: It quietly churns out ugly, bulletproof boxes that virtually care for themselves.

HP is rarely first or fastest, but it packs enormous value into its Unix products. Not surprisingly, HP-UX is almost Linux-like in its completeness, with time-proven enterprise tools and services included in the bundle.

As such, UnixWare 7. Nevertheless, that hasn't done SCO much good. PC Unix has always been a tough sell except in limited vertical markets. Aside from Tarantella, a shockingly powerful Web-based application server, things look sadly bleak for that PC Unix pioneer. Advantages : Brilliant, aggressive marketing made Solaris the de facto Unix; the Sparc and Intel versions are the same OS; and Solaris has the broadest application support of any commercial Unix-based OS.

Disadvantages : Sparc processors don't scale as efficiently as its rivals; large-scale Sun systems are notoriously expensive; and Solaris ships with an anemic standard software bundle with costly options.

Prognosis : Tough marketing and driven development catapulted Sun to first place, a position Sun jealously protects. Simply, Solaris leads because Sun makes sure that everything runs on Solaris.

Sun customers benefit from a huge and well-trained workforce, Sun's crack consulting staff, and Sun's quick resolution of Solaris bugs. Those advantages, along with Sun's ownership of Java and its involvement in iPlanet, make Sun the safest choice in enterprise Unix systems. Microsoft did so "to remove that burden" from the FreeBSD Foundation, which relies on community contributions. Redmond is not keeping its work on FreeBSD to itself: Anderson says "the majority of the investments we make at the kernel level to enable network and storage performance were up-streamed into the FreeBSD Code will flow both ways: Anderson says " In your own bit barns, your guest OSes are your own problem.

Microsoft clearly decided it needed something more predictable for Azure, although it has in the past allowed custom FreeBSDs to run as cloudy VMs. Of course Microsoft has also allowed Linux on Azure VMs for years, so news of the FreeBSD effort feels like an effort to ensure the platforms cloud users want are available rather than a startling embrace of open source to rank with Azure's don't-call-it-a-Linux-for-switches or the announcement of SQL Server for Linux.

But it's still just a little surprising to see Microsoft wade into development of FreeBSD: this is not your father's Microsoft. Which might put the kybosh on our imagined cloud-spanning software-defined NetApp rigs. Super Grub Disk is simply a Grub Disk with a lot of useful menus. It has multi-language support, and allows you to change the keyboard layout of your shell. The Italian translation was improved Accenti, ordinals, and much more.

Plan9 is in no way unix. It tried and succeeded to do several things. Plan9 removes the distinction between operating system, library, and application. These are things that an OS researcher cares about but a user doesn't. You worry about the program itself.

The systems guys can map it to whatever hardware they want later. You create your own personal computing environment the way you like it, and that environment can be mapped onto whatever sized plan9 installation you find later. That's more of a programming level thing than an OS level thing. The thing is, plan9 offers no real benefit to a single user on a single computer.

Running plan9 on your laptop is of no real use. Running plan9 on your laptop because you are developoing apps that will ultimately run on the globe-wide corporate plan9 system.. May "The art of home-brewing one's own electronic equipment is pretty much a lost one" Several years ago I walked into Fry's Electronics in Palo Alto, Calif.

It is hardly an unusual electronic component; every radio project needs one. Yet the store clerks looked at me blankly. Fry's once had a reputation as the first stop for young engineers stocking a garage workshop. But in its components aisle, I found just a few bags of parts.

The D. Heathkit ceased making its electronic kits 10 years ago. Popular Electronics and Byte magazines have hung up their soldering irons. Meccano, the maker of Erector sets, went bankrupt in Last year Scientific American dropped the Amateur Scientist column, citing a long decline in readership, and Edmund Scientific sold off its consumer catalogue and shut its famous retail store in Barrington, N. But the store's sales had been drooping for most of the past decade, she says, and the company wanted to focus on its more profitable optics business.

What we seem to have witnessed is the fragmentation of amateur science. Heathkit, for example, appealed to a broad range of people. Some built kits for kits' sake. Others just wanted to save money: Heathkits were usually cheaper and better than store-bought radios or TVs.

As manufacturing costs went down and quality went up, though, off-the-shelf products gained the advantage. The same went for telescopes and most other gizmos. You're not going to save much money if you build one.

As the market split between craftsmen and appliance owners, magazines had to adapt or die. In the late s computer hobbyists of all ability levels devoured Byte. As PCs went mainstream, the magazine played down home-brew projects.

Advanced amateurs, meanwhile, outgrew the projects and gravitated to niche publications. Circuit Cellar , started by ex- Byte columnist Steve Ciarcia, succeeded with a new publishing model: as its readers became more sophisticated, so did the articles. Indeed, dedicated amateurs are now quasi-professionals. The Society for Amateur Scientists conference taking place next month in Philadelphia will have sessions on how to publish your research and how to claim a tax deduction for your basement lab.


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