Unix, Linux, and variants
Unix, which is not an acronym, was developed by some of the members of the Multics team at the bell labs starting in the late 1960's by many of the same people who helped create the C programming language. The Unix today, however, is not just the work of a couple of programmers. Other organizations, institutes, and other individuals contributed significant additions to the system we now know today.
- See our Unix definition for additional related information.
Developed by Linus Torvalds and further elaborated by a number of developers throughout the world, Linux (lee'nuhks/ or /li'nuks/,_not_/li:'nuhks) is a freely available multitasking and multiuser operating system. From the outset, Linux was placed under General Public License (GPL). The system can be distributed, used, and expanded free of charge. In this way, developers have access to all the source codes, thus being able to integrate new functions or to find and eliminate programming bugs quickly. Thereby drivers for new adapters (SCSI controller, graphics cards, etc.) can be integrated very rapidly.
- See our Linux definition for related information and variant information.
If you can navigate a computer using MS-DOS or the Windows command line, you should be able to quickly pick up on the navigation of Linux and Unix. In the below chart is a listing of common MS-DOS commands with their Linux and Unix counterpart.
|MS-DOS||Linux and Unix|
|format||fdformat, mount, and umount|
|move and rename||mv|
|more < file||more file|
* In addition to each of the above explanations, additional information about a specified command for your Unix or Linux variant can be found by using the man command.