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Date:      Tue, 24 Nov 1998 09:39:12 -0800 (PST)
From:      Ken McGlothlen <mcglk@serv.net>
To:        "Alvin" <vj2786x@mbox4.singnet.com.sg>
Cc:        <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: Unix and FreeBSD
Message-ID:  <199811241739.JAA01211@ralf.serv.net>
References:  <000101be17cd$be2b5d00$2cca15a5@mikhails>

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vj2786x@mbox4.singnet.com.sg (Alvin) writes:

| I'm a newbie to Unix and I'd like to learn Unix.  However, the software is
| far too expensive for me.

You can't afford free?  Dang, you *must* be broke.  :)

| How similar is FreeBSD to commercial Unix?

Very.  FreeBSD is a port of BSD 4.4 "Lite" (that is, it contains no code
copyrighted by AT&T or USL, but still includes all the functionality of it).
BSD has been used as a base for many commercial Unixes (SunOS, among others).
Unlike Linux, FreeBSD *is* Unix, not a Unix emulator.

| Will knowing FreeBSD help me in using commercial Unix later on?

Absolutely.  A good knowledge of FreeBSD should help your proficiency
immensely.  Of course, no two commercial Unix implementations are the same---
there are many differences between, say, Hewlett-Packard's version of Unix
(HP/UX) and Sun's current version fo Unix (Solaris)---but they're similar
enough that most of your knowledge will transfer easily, and the rest should be
fairly simple to pick up over time.

							---Ken

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