Unix, Linux, and variants
MS-DOS vs. Linux and Unix
Unix and Linux commands
Unix Top 10 commands
Unix and Linux history
Unix and Linux tips
Unix and Linux links
Linux and Unix news
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. Many other organizations, institutes and various other individuals contributed significant additions to the system we now know today.
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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.
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If you are able to navigate using MS-DOS, 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.