We have folks popping up all over the organization I work for using some odd flavor of UNIX and Linux. I understand Linux is free and have just found a chart here http://www.levenez.com/unix/history.html#12
which outlines each version of UNIX. I see that the latest free version is Linux v2.6.27 this year.
I wish to prove the concept that I can manage all these stand-alone pop-ups by first conforming to a single standard or two and then, virtualizing that or those standards. I am NOT new the the world of virtualization when it comes to Windows. I have been involved with VMWare products for years and have recently become sold on the line of products from Parallels. This company (formerly swsoft) is the first to have resolved the issue of "OS redundancy". They have done this for Windows with a commercial product they developed called Virtuozzo Containers for Windows, but I understand they started with Linux in a free product called OpenVZ which they still support. My plan is to use OpenVZ to support our end-user Linux environment.
I am not clear on where to start and am brand new to the Unix and Linux world. I have taken two classes with HP on the HP-UX system and that is the extent of my knowledge thus far. So in going to download this latest Linux v2.6.27, I ran into serious trouble understanding the basic terminology. Apparently Linux v2.6.27 is just the kernal on which the "other stuff" (see my problem here) is built.
Can someone fill me in on the basics of how this new world fits together? Also, any specific suggestions on which downloads to start with would be helpful as well.