Do you Unix?

If so, this is a funny tongue in cheek history:

So, who are our unix-heads around here, beside me and UndeadDude?

count me in for Unix and Linix.

I like the command line and short, cryptic executables. I’m primarily an Oracle dba, which is supposedly platform independent, but Unix is the preferred platform among my co-workers. I’ve almost managed to stamp out the remaining Windoze NT server and will likely do so after a meeting tomorrow.


I love my Mac, and would never use anything else for games and stuff, but I have a Redhat box as an IP Masq server and web server. I also design Linx systems for people who want servers but don’t know what hardware and software to get. So maybe I count as half a user or something. Anyway…


So Padeye, did you get rid of your evil Windows server?

IBM AIX here. Except that a disk crashed today and there are some unhappy people in the office. IBM is supposed to send us a new disk tonight, and I’ll be here in the wee hours of the morning recovering our DBs (Oracle). It’s times like this I wish I had become a gigolo.

Awk! Grep! Sed!

I feel your pain, Arnold, though having sysback to rely on eases such pains considerably.

Make them mirror – if a full day of downtime won’t convince them, they are hopeless.

I’ve been interested in Unix/Linux for sometime. Not interested, like knowledgeable, interested like wanting to find out about it. It seems so stable, my image processing software at work runs on a Unix machine and it never goes down. What I am curious about is how much software is available for these systems? What are the web applications like? The games, music progs(like MP3 players), etc… ???

Linux, here. I’ve been using it since 1996.

One of these days I’m gonna install one of the BSDs, probably FreeBSD.

I use Linux on a daily basis (on my laptop and as a gateway/firewall/all-purpose server for the dsl connection). I’ve been using it for about 2 years now, so I almost feel comfortable with it. hahaha I’m not as knowledgeable in, but have also used, OpenBSD, AIX, Solaris, and have dabbled in VMS.

Demo, there are tons of games available for Linux. Even Quake III was released for it. Plus mp3 players, a free version of Napster, and even a free version of VMware so you can run other operating systems natively under Unix.

Douglips sed

  **Don't you mean AWK?**

I started off using mm (email) and rn (Usenet) back around '89, using a Wyse 50 dumb terminal connected to a UNIX box at school. I don’t do sysadm types of things but you can say I am just as comfortable in UNIX as I am on a Mac (which is my “preferred fun box” at home).

I work in the engineering dept of Sybase so there are way more Sun boxes than NT machines around our work area. Talk about luxury – everybody in our department has individual Sparc5s (we get PCs, too), while in my former job in academia it took me a full year to scrape enough money together to buy a single Sparc5 for the entire department to network off of.

Yeah, count me in. Several years ago a friend’s dad was telling me about this wierd thing called “linux” he put on his computer so that he could work from home. When I got to college and got a computer of my own I installed it and have pretty much never looked back.

And I’m now trusted with the root password on all my college’s Unix machines :slight_smile:

We were supposed to meet and discuss that today but we were waylaid by the love bug. :smiley: We’ll meet tomorrow and it will be trivial for me to move it to a better server. As far as Oracle goes we’re almost purely on HP-UX but I’ve done a little experimenting with enterprise Oracle on Linux.

Unix bites! Windows all the way!

<evil maniacal laugh>

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Unix rules. My Sun and DEC (sorry, Compaq) servers never give me a single moment of trouble. NT, however… :rolleyes:

As I ask my management: Which would you rather have: a reliable solution that’s been proven time and again under real-world conditions, or something from M$ that falls apart like a house of cards in a tornado?

sed -e ‘s/bites/RULES!!!/’ -e ‘s/way!/way to Hell!/’ <

sigh That was close.

Like the adjustment Spiritus…

Me, I have Linux on one of my boxes at home, should have it up as a webserver (Apache) in a few days I hope. Am more of a dabbler in Unix than anything else really though.

Democritus: There’s not much you can’t do. There are MP3 players, module players, web browsers and servers, and a few games. Whatever you need. Linux is lacking in games, admittedly, but there’s Quake, and there’s gltron, and there’s always NetHack.

The reason people complain about the lack of Linux applications is that few people talk about them outside the Linux community. They can’t get the names they’re used to. There’s no Microsoft Office, but there’s an office suite, and it’s called StarOffice; there’s no Photoshop, but there’s an image manipulation program, The GIMP; there’s no 3D Studio, but there’s Blender and POV-Ray.

Not all these programs are better or even as good as their commercial Windows equivalents. Some are better in a few aspects like stability. But there have to be tradeoffs, and if price is an issue, Linux should be seriously considered.

Things are changing, though. Corel has released Wordperfect 9 and the rest of their office suite for Linux. It hasn’t received favourable reviews, but if you absolutely need to create Wordperfect files, it’s there. There’s also a beta version of the vector based graphics program Canvas available. There’s Mathematica, there’s Netscape, and there’s Realplayer.

Basically, I do everything under Linux. Internet stuff, school stuff, personal stuff. In fact, I deleted Windows a few years ago because I needed the space and I rarely used it anyway after I installed Linux. When I bought this new computer, I installed Windows on a nice comfortable partition, and I went to download whatever it was I needed to get. But after spending some time wandering around the web, I realized there was really nothing I could do under Windows that I couldn’t do under Linux.

Bobort announced:
“And I’m now trusted with the root password on all my college’s Unix machines…”

Ooooooooohmmmmm… bow before Bobort, for he is root.