View Full Version : a small questions about the argument of linux being "*nix" wth??

December 14th, 2008, 12:15 PM
I have seen alot of ppl say linux is unix, unix is not linux. Wtf?

Im confused as to the hole facts about when ppl say linux is unix or linux.

isnt is there any references?

I know there was a court case about it but isnt most unix now opensource.

Someone help me here on ppls opinions cus i really want to learn how this argument started.

and please correct me if im wrong.

December 14th, 2008, 12:53 PM
Linux is *nix in the same way that a Ford Bronco is an automobile.

December 14th, 2008, 12:57 PM
Linux is a unix clone

December 14th, 2008, 01:13 PM
UNIX family tree

The GNU project

December 14th, 2008, 02:51 PM
Technically Linux is not Unix, because it is not certified according to the Single Unix Specification (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_UNIX_Specification), but Linux is very much Unix-like. So, while it's technically incorrect to call Linux "Unix", it's not very far off.

December 14th, 2008, 04:38 PM
Linux is not "Unix", since only proprietary OS's can be called "Unix" (I think).

December 14th, 2008, 05:22 PM
Linux is neither Unix like or a Unix clone because Linux is a kernel, nothing more and nothing less. The GNU OS (wich is the actual OS we use) is Unix like. The emphasis here lies on Unix like because it was written completely from scratch and although it behaves like a Unix OS and is fully Posix compliant it does not contain a single line of Unix code.

June 15th, 2009, 08:45 AM
Linux is not "Unix", since only proprietary OS's can be called "Unix" (I think).

Not really, BSD is Unix, and it's free.

Although most Unixes have indeed been proprietary operating systems made to sun on a specific hardware, like Irix for SGI machines, Solaris for Sun systems and HP_UX for HP's hardware..)

Gnu/Linux isn't Unix because it isn't based on any certified Unix, and isn't certified on it's own either. However it pretty much fills the actual standard, so it's best described as "Unix-like" or "Unix-clone".

June 15th, 2009, 08:48 AM
Closed for necromancy - possibly by a spammer - not mcduck but the missing post :lol: