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What UNIX Distribution to use

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Hi, I have a quick question for you UNIX gurus!

I have worked with Linux a little but want to try UNIX. I have heard a bit about Solaris and FreeBSD, but don't know much about them.

I am going to be investing in a dedicated server sometime next month and would like to look at using UNIX instead of Linux but need to know more.

Can anyone recommend quite a good version of UNIX (not too expensive) and tell me where to get it?

Right now my priorities are not specifically security, but more price, reliability, and ease to setup DNS, Mail server, ftp, telnet.

I will be using the server for the above things and if there is a version of UNIX with a controlpanel or similar for easy setup please let me know.

I'll start at 100 points but if this becomes drawn-out I'll by all means increase them.

Thanks,
Darcy :)
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n0thing earned 400 total points
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Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD ... etc. They are all variants of UNIX.
There's no OS called UNIX. Linux is the most popular Unix
flavor for PC and Sun's Solaris is the most used Unix flavor in the commercial world. So if you want to try
something different. I would recommend Solaris for x86, it's basicly free for personal use. You might check www.sun.com for a free copy.
The easiest Unix flavors with control panel type is Linux's
RedHat or Linux Caldera. But it's only to configure simple stuff. Beyond that all the flavors require you to read the man page and figure things out.
x86 is basicly free for personal use. You might check www.sun.com for a free copy.

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One last question. Do you think the Solaris is better than Caldera? I am going to be using it for a internet server and also at home for my own workstation. I am not biased against Linux at all but simply want to try a variety.

Thanks for your time and here are your points!
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One last question. Do you think the Solaris is better than Caldera? I am going to be using it for a internet server and also at home for my own workstation. I am not biased against Linux at all but simply want to try a variety.

Thanks for your time and here are your points!
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Caldera is one of the Linux variants. Like Redhat,
Slackware, Debian, etc. except that it's not free. It's
an supported product and you'll have to pay around $100 for
it. So if you want another variety of Unix for PC, go for Solaris.
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In my opinion FreeBSD is really easy to setup and have served my for many years now. You CAN get from the Internet but I'd recommend getting a CD (or burning one yourself). Check out www.freebsd.org and ftp7.de.freebsd.org for ready to burn ISO-images.

Setting up DNS is the same for all Unices BUT the newer ones use BIND8 which has new config files. ftp/telnet is a breeze, with FreeBSD, they're enbled by default. Sendmail also the same for all and there are replacements for that (qmail) if that is interesting.

A major benefit of FreeBSD is the packages: Pre-built and compiled binaries for almost all walks of life. All are accessible from /stand/sysinstall. This should really attract newcomers since it makes adding shells and stuff really too easy.

Well, that's 'nuff FreeBSD rant for a day...

Cheers,
Micke
mj@isy.liu.se
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