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i would like to formalizes myself  with unix so I need to get it on my home system a PC with win98 fat32. what version will suit me best, it will have
to live with win98 on the far32 drive
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Youre question is a bit vauge so the answer will have to be a bit vauge too.

First to address your co-existance concerns. Most UNIX flavours come with boot loaders that allow existance with other OS types, still if these are insufficient (I think for a simple 2 OS system almost anything will do) you can purchase a commercial offering - BootCommander from V Systems springs to mind now but I'm sure there are other no less competent contenders. That product was endorsed by Jerry Pournell about a year ago and a
couleage at work uses version 4.01 and finds it more than O.K.
Word of mouth endorsement is still better than none.

Now to the flavour of Unix to choose: commercial or freeware.

The true freeware approach requires you to download the flavour of your choice along with assorted applications. 2 strong contennders here are linux and free bsd. You may choose to buy a CD with these distributions on it and especially with linux ou may opt to buy a modestly priced commercial offering with several enhancements and limited technical support. otherwise support will come through public forums like this venue as well as web pages and of-course usenet. support is surprisingly agile and quick but if yopu are totally stuck the free part follows no schedule (but sometimes commercial support sucks too). if it consoles you then you will msot often be able to reach the developers because they provide most of the support.

Going commercial. This has some adavantages too, especially greater support of hardware and peripherals. The price can be quite prohibitive so do check. the various flavours of unix can be very different from one another, so learning IRIX does'nt gurantee anything aboit navigating AIX and vice versa. SUN had an offering for solaris 2.6 limited version for a very modest fee and it's an excellent system to cut your teeth on, the system requirements may put you off though.

what ever you care to choose i wish you good luck.

dotan
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Thanks Dontad

I am going with BSD 3.0
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