Can i install unix easily. What are unix minimum system requirement to install it.

Discussion in 'Linux Discussion' started by Abdul Hameed, May 4, 2008.

  1. Abdul Hameed Guest

    Abdul Hameed
    What is it latest version.? Does a peron who now how to install window xp, 98 also install unix easily.
    Also tell me unix minimum system requirement. What is its lates version.
  2. Unix will run on just about any computer. There are freeware unix distributions if you search online for them.

    They are easy to install, but it might take a little bit of time to learn how to use it. Get a 'unix for dummies' book if nothing else.
  3. Installing Linux is a whole different experience. You could be a highly experienced user of Windows and be completely clueless about UNIX/Linux.
    So, no, I wouldn't say it's easy.
    It's feasible if you have some wits and can figure things out.
    There are many, many versions (a.k.a. distributions, a.k.a. distros) of Linux available, so your question as to which is the latest is moot, as that depends on the distribution.
    Linux distros have made a lot of progress in recent years to make themselves more accessible to people who are familiar only with Windows environments; Ubuntu, for example, has a reputation for being rather easy to install.

    For you, I would consider obtaining Knoppix first, which runs 100% off a CD, to give you a feel for the Linux system; then you should decide if you want to actually install Linux on your hard drive.

    Let me just warn you that Linux is not particularly user-friendly and can be very confusing to newcomers.

    Ultimately, installing Linux isn't the hardest part, but using it successfully after installation will prove a challenge to most people.

    I've tried it many times and I simply gave up. Not because I couldn't figure it out, but because it's not worth the trouble, in my opinion.
  4. computerguru Guest

    Well, technically speaking, you can't really install "UNIX". The term UNIX is a trademark of the company SCO, and they enforce the trademark violently, suing anyone who uses it or the code in it without permission.

    So, what you can install is "UNIX-like" systems.

    There are several, and they each have their own variants. There's BSD - which comes in several variants - FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD... There are commercial variants - Solaris (from Sun), AIX (from IBM), HP-UX (from HP) are just a few.

    And then there's Linux. This is today the most popular UNIX-like OS. Linux, like BSD, is free, but you can buy support for it from vendors such as Novell, RedHat and Canonical. Each vendor supports a "distribution" of Linux, which bundles the OS with supporting software to make a complete system you can use. Each distribution is slightly different from the other.

    As a matter of personal opinion, I prefer the Ubuntu distribution (you can get that from Other good ones are Fedora ( and OpenSUSE (

    Basic Linux, without many fancy add-ons (such as the productivity suite) has system requirements that are lower than Windows. However, as you add more software, you hardware requirements increase. Additionally, Linux installs on several different architectures, from 32-bit Intel x86 machines to virtualized IBM mainframes. Each distribution has hardware requirements listed on its web site.

    If all you know is how to install Windows XP and 98, you have a task ahead of you. I would suggest walking to the nearest library and picking up a book. Experiment on a test system and get used to it before doing something serious with it.

    However, it's not as hard as I made it sound; just different. And, in my opinion, it's better than Windows Vista.
  5. Irina N Guest

    Irina N

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