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What are the benefits of UNIX?

By darlings_gal ·
Hi.. im v new to Unix, so if possible, can anyone explain to me what's the benefit or features of UNIX. and oso, what is the benefits of mac vs window? Can tell me why mac is better than windows? Coz im new to mac.

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by Jaqui In reply to What are the benefits of ...

mac is freebsd based, not unix.

benefits.
fewer virus problems.
more stable

drawbacks.
proprietary expensive hardware

can get the benefits of a mac by using linux on a pc box instad of spending 3 times as much for a mac.

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by Black Panther In reply to What are the benefits of ...

There are so many ( too many to list ) You may have to do more research in General Terms though

Windows is like going to 'pre-school' Unix is like going to 'University'

If you are a Bank / Insurance Company / Government etc ie if you want reliability / security / flexibility and robustness then all of the main
"mission critical" applications run on UNIX not Windows.

The Internet 'itself' started on UNIX with Universities 'joining' together.

Windows was designed for 'home' based use and is trying to get into the
'big boys' market

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by Penguin Netwerx In reply to What are the benefits of ...

It depends on what you want your box to do, such as act as a web/mail server, file server, DC, etc.

If you'll be using Mac OS X or later, OS X is Darwin, which is basically FreeBSD UNIX (yes, FreeBSD is UNIX!) so you'll find a lot of similarities between Mac & UNIX.

Regarding the old and worn-out argument of "Which is better - X or Z?" it all depends on what you determine is better for your environment/application needs.

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by jt In reply to What are the benefits of ...

and here is where you get arguments! A few things to keep in
mind.

1. There are several variants of UNIX for the most part think
POSIX or System V. Not very point and click and very tough to
admin if you cannot remember commands and use configuration
files.

2. Linux is a newer alternative to UNIX, created it as a more
portable and free alternative to expensive unix types.

3. The main benefits to UNIX and Linux is that they (typically)
run slimmer, are optimized for particular tasks, and offer high
levels of configuration. due to these reasons they make
excellent platforms for services that require high stability, high
performance, and good security.

4. Anybody that claims UNIX like operating systems are more
secure is telling somewhat of a white lie. No matter what the
platform it is only as secure as it is made to be. Poorly
configured systems of any kind are insecure.

5. Linux has shifted to be more user friendly resulting in more
applications and services by default. These features can make
the system more prone to stability and security issues. easily
avoided by adjusting your installs accordingly.

I personally prefer FreeBSD, I've used it forever and it is
extremely stable. I do on occasion deploy SuSE Linux, Solaris,
AIX systems. It all depends on the tools needed for the task.

When I deploy an internal network (users and desktops)
Microsoft has been my choice, users are familiar with it and it's
applications. Because these services run behind perimiter
firewalls, and are tightly controlled via policies, the security
factor is as secure as you make it. Fighting with using UNIX/
Linux for such services was something I did 6 years ago when I
was too busy playing anti establishment anti microsoft to realize
that it doesnt typically work as well as using the right tool for
the job.

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by sarahmeggs In reply to What are the benefits of ...

Wow, this is a question and a 1/2!! UNIX is the real deal when it comes to large scale computer systems. It is much more stable, flexible, secure and able to be hardened. However, having said that, initally UNIX is ugly (largely text based) but you come to love vi, and all the other really useful bits of unix, like log files that contain useful information, like being able to trace processes to find out where they fail, like being able to have acess to so many things that windows hides from you.

If you like black box administration with a pretty face, then windows is OK, but if you want full control, then unix is what you want.

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