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Posted on 2004-05-03
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I have just started a UNIX course and I have a couple of questions that could be answered in short so I can have a better understanding - as the text book is long, redundant and full of long answers - I would like to hear your ideas/opinions on the benefits of modifyng UNIX and is UNIX truly the most flexible operating system allowing for easy modifications - any disadvantages?  
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Disadvantage is lack of skill.
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by:ahoffmann
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> .. any disadvantages?  
no - as long as you have skills, and you can get the sources of your UNIX flaviour ;-)
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Linux is alot more flexible than 'Unix'... IMO
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There is a major problem with linux that the documentation is 2 generations behind the current series of kernels ...

Developing software of these OSes is Ok but working in the kernel can be real pain given the sparse documentation ... Driver development and stuff is generally sufficiently documented and explained, but the real twisted internals rearely are
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documention is the source code. Could be something more up-to-date than that?
:-))
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When you got char * s in the structs which are actually meant to point to other structs, it can take quite a while to master ...
Few files in the linux kernel are more twisted than I had imagined they would be
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