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Old 05-14-03, 09:04 PM   #1
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Question With is better to learn UNIX: Solaris or freeBSD?

I have already a very stable dual boot, Windows XP SP1 and RedHat 9, all configured OK and my GeForce4 Ti4200 works flawlessly in both OSs.

I just downloaded Solaris 9, 4 ISOs. I just want a goot UNIX system to learn from... I need to know UNIX, since I want to work in the corporate level. I study Computer Cience here in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Do anyone here have any experience to lead me in the right way: learn from Solaris or freeBSD? I already have 3 HDs: one is Windows, other is Linux and the new one, I wish to install a "pure" UNIX system, and learn from it.

Any sugestions? freeBSD, Solaris.... or both? Are they that different, with one has better free documentation, etc?

Thanks for any reply!

PS.: nvidia always awesome... linux and now freeBSD drivers are far beyond anything the competition had come with yet. Keep up the good work!

PS2.: could any of those drivers run on Solaris 9 x86? =]
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Well if you have the time learn both. I think Solaris is more popular as I think it has more marketshare. Though with this SCO lawsuit who knows Unix could go OpenSource too, and you won't need to bother.
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Old 05-15-03, 12:52 AM   #3
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I haven't seen Solaris 9 x86, but if it is anything like previous Solaris x86 versions the list of supported hardware is pretty short. Solaris is more significant in the corporate IT world then Linux or *BSD, however my recommendation would be to learn everything. Install FreeBSD on that spare harddisk of yours and try to get an old Sun Sparc box to learn Solaris.
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Old 05-15-03, 01:17 PM   #4
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thanks for the help folks!
Any more suggestions?
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