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    Free UNIXes


    hi,
    I wonder whether there are any free not linux and not *BSD UNIXes for intel? I know there is for exapmle sun solaris, but only the sparc version is free.
    Do you know any?

    Thanks for help.
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    Depends on how you define "free", but you can probably look at Minix, Plan 9 etc.
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    free means not paid, and it won't be bad if it'll be open source but I don't mind if it isn't.

    I just wanted to learn sth about pure UNIX, how it's written (if open source) and to write under it.
    MINIX's a bit old but I think it's enough for me for now (C hasn't changed since 1996, has it).

    thx for answer

    ps.
    Are linuxes and *BSD systems very not UNIX-like (I've got a book that says bsd 4.2 wasn't full compatible)?

    ps2.
    Which BSD system do you find the best (most UNIX-like and best documented)?
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    >> Are linuxes and *BSD systems very not UNIX-like (I've got a book that says bsd 4.2 wasn't full compatible)?
    Check out the chart here http://www.levenez.com/unix/ to see how the various Unices evolved. NetBSD evolved from 4.3 BSD Lite sources. Linux was originally written to be a better Minix and IIRC, Linus used the Solaris API as a model for all the API calls in Linux (at least in the early stages). The general consensus on the net is that *BSD has more of a link to the original UNIX(tm) than Linux does.

    >>Which BSD system do you find the best (most UNIX-like and best documented)?
    Good question. We're entering the realms of holy wars here. I personally have one FreeBSD, one OpenBSD and one NetBSD box at home and I like all three of them. We generally use FreeBSD at work, in production (though I run one OpenBSD box at work as well). HTH
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