• Subject: Re: Unix Comparison
  • From: Sean Porterfield <sporter@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 16:26:19 -0500
  • Organization: Best Distributing Co.

MacWheel99@aol.com wrote:
> from Al Macintyre
> You need to get some definitions straight first.
> Unix is not hardware or software, it is an OPERATING SYSTEM.

I disagree ever so slightly with this statement.  Operating systems are

> AS/400 is a platform that can run several different Operating Systems.
> Once upon a time it was possible to run AS/400 with some OS other than OS/400
> such as SSP without OS/400 in the picture on the early AS/36 models, but IBM
> seems to be getting away from that model,

And, of course, IBM is supposed to be announcing Linux running on the
AS/400 in the near future.

> PC is hardware.
> It supports several OS, such as Windows, Mac, Linux

What PC runs Mac?  (Sorry, couldn't resist.  As far as I know Mac OS
only runs on Mac hardware, but other OS can run on Mac hardware.)

> I think of a LAN as being LIKE an OS.  Novell for example.

I prefer to think of LAN in the terms of hardware or like a platform as
you describe above.  On my LAN I can run TCP/IP, SNA, IPX, etc. without
the need for an operating system.  (I think Novell has a Network
Operating System.)
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