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    Default Which Unix (not Linux) for a PC?

    I have a nice dual Celeron board (Abit BP6- ahem barely vintage, sorry) around that I wanted to use to take a look at Unix again.

    I worked with HP-UX some 15 years ago, but ofcourse have no vintage HP9000 around (would like though! 68000 )

    So I was looking into available unix systems that work on i386 architecture. I more or less found FreeBSD and Minix, but are there any other free ones?
    As it looks I'll try FreeBSD, but who know more exotic things are around ..

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    Yes, in addition to FreeBSD, try it's siblings: OpenBSD and NetBSD, and there are a couple of new additions to the *BSD family: PC-BSD http://www.pcbsd.org/ and DesktopBSD http://www.desktopbsd.net/

    You can also download OpenSolaris (x86) from Sun, for free.
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    I am very happy with FreeBSD. They have a portage deal with literally thousands of packages you can compile and use. It's murder if you have only dialup downloading those source files but great fun if you have faster access.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckcmagee View Post
    I am very happy with FreeBSD. They have a portage deal with literally thousands of packages you can compile and use. It's murder if you have only dialup downloading those source files but great fun if you have faster access.
    Yep, I used FreeBSD for quite a while. I've been rather unhappy about it's progress the past year or so, and just decided to standardise on Linux. I have used Linux for a while longer than the BSD's, and know it a bit more intimately.

    I suppose if I were trying to find a Unix-like OS for an older architecture, I'd more than likely go with NetBSD, due to it's support for almost every architecture known. As for building firewalls and secure appliances, you can't beat OpenBSD.

    For my desktops, notebook and servers though, I prefer Linux (Debian Stable on the server, and usually Slackware on the desktops and notebook, although I have Xubuntu on them right now).

    Just my personal preferences, YMMV.
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    Which UNIX for a PC?

    Microsoft Xenix, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreddnott View Post
    Which UNIX for a PC?

    Microsoft Xenix, of course.
    For a very old PC, perhaps.

    That reminds me. Back in the early 90's I worked part-time at the local Radio Shack (the first wife and I had split up and I needed the extra cash). I'm pretty sure the 386 machine in the back (which was the server for the three cash register machines up front) ran Xenix. I never got to really play around with it, just run the closing routines.

    It was pretty cool though, considering the state of the hardware it was running on.
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    If it was a 386, it was PROBABLY either a SCO or Interactive version. If it was a model 6000, it was probably Microsoft Xenix.

    For current machines, I too like Debian Stable (linux) or NetBSD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kb2syd View Post
    If it was a 386, it was PROBABLY either a SCO or Interactive version. If it was a model 6000, it was probably Microsoft Xenix.

    For current machines, I too like Debian Stable (linux) or NetBSD.
    I'm about 95% certain it was a 386, so maybe it was SCO. I can't remember exactly what it was. We weren't allowed to use the shell prompt, only the menu system they had.

    At least SCO had a decent reputation back then. I wouldn't take a modern version of SCO Unix if it was the last Unix on the planet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreddnott View Post
    Which UNIX for a PC?

    Microsoft Xenix, of course.
    Did Micro$oft every really sell Xenix for the PC? I know they spun off a lot of their exising work to SCO. Was the Xenix for the TRS-80 model 2000 from Microsoft? Did that ever ship?

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    years ago in the Patchogue library on Long Island (if that's at all relevant) there was a dark blue tome which would knock some of yer socks off. It had listings of all this freako off the wall software, scientific in nature, weird ass accounting packages. You wouldn't believe the stuff that WOULD run on a Tandy 2000 and whatnot. Lots of groovy freaky stuph. If anyone knows what I'm talking about, please speak up.
    Again sorry to drift off topic, but hoser asked was XENIX for the T2K a Microshaft product. My guess is yes, but that book would tell you for sure.

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