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What are UNIX© and Unix?

"You need Unix-level performance and reliability. You don't have a Unix-level budget."
Microsoft advertisement (2003)

Kenneth Thompson (left) with Dennis Ritchie
                (right)Unix is one of the oldest OS, originally written (coded) in assembler in 1969 by Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson at Bell Labs. Later Unix was written (coded) again in C (its native language) for portability in 1972. Unix is the most portable and reliable OS.

By the way, UNIX© is not the same as Unix. UNIX© (all capital letters) is a trademark while Unix (a proper name) is a philosophy. Considering the latter, BSD and Linux are not UNIX©. They are UNIX© clones, but nonetheless they are considered Unix. If you are confused, you are not alone.

Several vendors have registered versions of UNIX©. They are Tru64 Unix, IBM AIX, UnixWare, IRIX and Sun Solaris.

At the same time, there are several Unix clones like BSD and Linux. For those who work with Windows and do not want to handle a separate OS installation, Cygwin is handy with its Unix-like (Linux-like) environment.

About 90% of the internet relies on a variation of Unix (normally either Linux or BSD), with Apache Software Foundation (ASF). For example, this web site runs on Linux, with Apache, SSI, Perl, PHP, MySQL and Sendmail with FormMail. If you are new to these technologies and would like to try them, go to Apache Friends where you can download everything in one package.

Most (if not all) source code from the various Linux distributions and BSD, Apache, PHP, MySQL and Mozilla are open source. Support the open source community. One way you can do this is by supporting organizations like the Open Source Education Foundation.

Installing Unix (or Unix Clones):

Unfortunately I have no experience installing Tru64 Unix, IBM AIX, UnixWare, IRIX or Sun Solaris. I have experience BSD and Linux though.

Some of the information mentioned in this page was partially taken from IBM DeveloperWorks.

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On a side note, I never stop thinking and processing information all around me. As such, one of the subjects that attracts me most (aside from technology and music) is human behavior, not limited to psychology and ethos of the individual and masses. Hence I usually read, study and write essays of my own. From all possible authors in this field, some of my favorites are (in order of interest) Nietzsche, Levinas and Kant. As such, I have published two science fiction books, in which I include my opinion on religion, sociology, psychology, politics, manipulation of the masses, media, science and various technologies.

Under the Thelian Sky, ISBN
             9781494232283, ASIN B00GTQBY04

In Under the Thelian Sky, mankind did not originate on Earth, but rather on Mars. When Mars could no longer sustain life, mankind had to escape and colonized Earth. Many years later, a study was written about the survival of mankind in Mars and its struggle in Earth led by Doctor Ajidan Edejem. We proved to be a species that has survived wars, slavery and other forms of abuse. All the while, the government controlled by "them" wants to keep everything quiet and even kill him for telling others about the unavoidable doom. Years before the extinction of life in Mars, the Thelian society was perfect, yet corrupted. Life was easy, yet difficult if you were different. For every good person, like Ahila Keinj who found peace in The Faith, there were many willing to destroy it all for gain while "they" controlled the fate of many. At the end, an outsider simply known as Operative Logger 9C56 tries to fight "them" and stop "their" manipulation of history and mankind.

You can get Under the Thelian Sky exclusively at Amazon — available on print (ISBN 9781494232283) and e-book (ASIN B00GTQBY04).

In The Daydreamer, Robert James is a normal New Yorker who wakes up one morning unsure what had happened in his life. He is accused of killing the woman he has always loved, but he remembers three possible realities. Which reality could be true? Has he dreamed these realities, seen this events or taken part of these strange acts? Is he a killer or is he being framed? Perhaps he knows the killer better than anyone else without realizing it.


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