TimP wrote:

Shining Arcanine wrote:
Perhaps I am going a bit far, but I would really like the ability to buy a copy of Unix for my home PC for $15.75 at my university's store like I can with Windows Vista Ultimate, so I tried to make the best case I could for why Microsoft should buy SCO.


http://www.ubuntu.com/
http://www.freebsd.org/
http://www.openbsd.org/
http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/

Besides, I think that Novell vs. SCO lawsuit determined that SCO never "owned" Unix and that all Unix-related assets belong to Novell.


I have tried Ubuntu before and it did not play nicely with Microsoft Virtual PC. Is it possible to do a dual-boot between Ubuntu and Windows XP? Also, I thought Ubuntu was Linux based and not Unix based. Can a Unix clone really as good as the real thing?

By the way, since Novell owns Unix and SCO distributes it, why does not Microsoft buy both SCO and Novell, so it can own Unix?

TimP wrote:


To follow up, try typing uname -a on your department Unix machine to identify the kernel. While it may look like Unix, I would be genuinely surprised if it was SCO Unix, since I've never heard of any universities running it this decade.



Here is what it says:

SunOS sparky 5.9 Generic_122300-12 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire-V440

I did not think it was SCO Unix, as according to Wikipedia:

Wikipedia wrote:
By decree of The Open Group, the term "UNIX®" refers more to a class of operating systems than to a specific implementation of an operating system; those operating systems which meet The Open Group's Single UNIX Specification should be able to bear the UNIX® 98 or UNIX® 03 trademarks today, after the operating system's vendor pays a fee to The Open Group. Systems licensed to use the UNIX® trademark include AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, Solaris, Tru64 (formerly "Digital UNIX"), A/UX, Mac OS X 10.5 on Intel platforms,[11] and a part of z/OS.