I would like to ask your opinion on a matter relating to UNIX. I have been in the IT arena for some eleven years now - however, mostly involving Databases, Data Warehouses and OLAP technology. I quite adapt at all versions of MSDOS and Windows (3.1/95/NT), however I believe it is time to open my eyes to the world of UNIX. Of course, I studied the use of UNIX whilst at University -
however, not to any great level.
What I plan to do is this: I have purchased two second hand Dell 466L desktop computers. Both have 16mb of RAM, 486-66dx processors, 3Com Etherlink III cards, and currently 210MB IDE drives. I plan to move both hard disks in to one machine and have that solely for Windows 95 (for my Wife). The other, I plan to add a 1GB IDE drive, a 28.8 modem (internal), and a CDROM (not SCSI)..
This is what I plan to do with my ‘new’ UNIX machine:
· X windows - use it, code for it, play around with some nice free-ish utilities for it, my machine has a PS2 style mouse attached to it · UNIX Command line - get back to scratch with it - try and do what the administrators do!
· WWW/FTP Server - try and set-up a ‘free’ web server based on my home network (i.e. get the other Win95 Dell computer to connect via Ethernet) to try out HTML, Java, CGI, etc. - the same with FTP (i.e. get used to setting it up like the big boys do)
· Java/CGI - try my hand at developing some Java programs and perhaps the old CGI technology
· C/C++ development - get up to speed with C after a few years away
Now then, on to the main question - which OS do I use. Is it the near-free SCO OpenDesktop or is it Linux? My requirements are outlined above and before I found out about the near-free SCO UNIX, I was set on Linux because, basically, it was free. I now have OpenDesktop at £20 - not a bad deal by a long shot. So, based on the hardware I have and the things I would like to do
- which would YOU say was the best OS to follow??????????
I do not know if there exists a ‘free’ Web server for SCO UNIX (or come to that, for Linux). Also, like I said, I plan to install a non-SCSI CD-ROM drive in the Dell (and I don’t know if its IDE adapter is ATAPI or not).
Problems, problems. I hope to be able to have a UNIX host on one Dell, and have the other (Win95) dell connecting via TCP/IP for the Webby stuff.
Your help would be most appreciated!