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How often do you meet *nix?



12:09 pm on Jul 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Most of us here will come into contact with *nix to some extent in our work, even if it's only setting file permissions via ftp. I thought it might be interesting to find out how often and in what circumstances we use it.

Do you use it for desktop work? Are your sites hosted on it? Do you do any server admin? Anything else?


12:57 pm on Jul 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Servers: For web hosting I wouldnt host on anything but unix servers, they seem to offer the kind of features that are invaluable.

Admin: I have two boxes I look after myself, one at work (running debian) that has a web based application on it and acts as a file server sometimes. The other box (running SuSE) is at home and is basically what I use to develop sites on, it means I can develop things before I upload them knowing they will work with little or no tweaking.

Desktop: I'm toying with a Linux box at home that aswell as being a test bed web server will be a general internet terminal, up till now the desktop side has been ropey but it seems to be getting better.

So the answer is I meet it daily :)


1:49 pm on Jul 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Like TPK I like to run all my sites on *nix. So I guess everyday would be true.


4:21 pm on Jul 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I run 4 sites on a cobalt RaQ running Linux. Seems to be a hacked up version of Redhat.

I was running Redhat Linux at work but our graphic designer has now left the building(permanently) and I have to take on the tasks of design as well. We do our desing in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and QuarkXPRESS. The company does not want to dish out the cash for an Apple MAC G4 so I'm stuck at work running Windows - (Evil Empire).

Other then that I run Redhat Linux at home.

By the way, anyone gonna be at the MacExpo this week?


4:40 pm on Jul 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I run four servers all are some flavor of Redhat linux with apache. For my desktops I use Mandrake linux with all it's goodies.


7:54 pm on Jul 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Work: Our external web servers are FreeBSD. I do a lot of the maintenance and some of the updates. We are also moving towards Solaris on a few of our boxes. I also toy around with a Cobalt RaQ that I use to test things. I also do occasional maintenance on our mail servers which run RedHat Linux, if I recall correctly (kinda shows how OFTEN I work on 'em... *grin*)

At home I run OpenBSD, RedHat Linux, and Solaris so I can keep up to date and learn for work. So pretty much, I'm in contact with *nixish boxes everyday. :)


9:26 pm on Jul 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

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We're hosted on some sort of *nix (Apache server...) and I have a little telnet chat with the server every day about our logs. Occasionally, we also discuss file/directory permissions, and broken links. Guess that makes daily for me too! (Which is more often than I deal with anything else except my Mac desktop)


10:38 pm on Jul 17, 2001 (gmt 0)


My desktop at home is a PCI-based UltraSparc running Solaris. For those times where I need to do something with a McApplication, I use a SunPCi card which is a 400mhz AMD with 128Meg -- on a PCI card. It looks like another application running under Solaris, but it is a fully functional install of NT 4.0. Oddly enough, the only thing I need the PC for is McWord for my resume and random Recruiter/HR paperwork and assorted card games, like FreeCell. :)

I built up a spiffy PowerMac so that I could use it for console and run Windows95 under SoftPC (when needed), but I haven't worked up the nerve to go away from my Solaris baby for desktop functions. My Solaris system is dual-headed whereas the PowerMac isn't yet. I haven't received affirmation on whether my PC-spec Matrox Millennium II will work with MacOS.

So to answer the question, "At the moment, whenever I'm on a computer, it's running UNIX or UNIX-like OS."



11:01 pm on Jul 17, 2001 (gmt 0)

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In my case a better question would be, "when do you come in contact with something OTHER than *nix?"

To answer that, at home I have a Macintosh running OS 9. But my business runs about 5 Linux servers which is usually what I'm doing on my Mac--through ssh (secure telnet)--so a lot of the time my Mac is just a Linux dumb-terminal.

Nothing wrong with using a Linux desktop but I find the Mac a better HTML/graphic development system.

Today I encountered an NT machine, I am writing a script to automate uploads to a corporate box and it runs NT. But the funny thing is, internet software for Windows all tries to emulate *nix as much as possible, so from my point of view it might as well be a Unix box.



3:25 am on Jul 18, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Our little company CO-LO's five web servers. Redhat/Apache.
I help with the "24/7" support so I'm remotely connected every day. Sometimes for a few hours - sometimes all day. In the event I'm needed to advise while away from the office I'm tied to a cell phone 24/7 except Sunday mornings between 9:00am and 10:30am at which time I can be found at the alter praying my servers don't all crash!



10:31 pm on Aug 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Old discussion I suppose but why not add my two cents :).

I have OpenBSD installed on 3 servers at work to provide web service, database service (MySQL) and test web server/work station/file storage. Once I have finished gettings things just right I will be working on Unix about 95% of the time I figure. Unix rocks!

I also use OpenBSD at home and will eventually be using FreeBSD on my DEC Station.

Since I always love boosting about Unix... go try out OpenBSD at [openbsd.org...] :)


9:07 am on Aug 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hosting: Unix of course.

Workstation: Slackware 8.1, it's a dual boot, but I'm using Windows a few hours per week.


9:38 am on Aug 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Nice home computer windsor. What did that set you back?

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