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Most Linux distributions include a full suite of applications, such as a word processor, the X Window graphical interface, and source code compilers. Additionally, most Unix applications that comply with the POSIX standard should run on Linux with little or no modification.


Because Linux is a flavor of Unix, it comes with network support for TCP/ IP. In particular, Caldera’s OpenLinux is making its mark in the networking world. OpenLinux was developed for corporate networking, so it supports multiple protocols (including PPP [Point-to-Point Protocol], AppleTalk, IPX, and SMB). It also includes support for integration with other network operating systems.


For more detailed information on Linux, as well as locations to download Linux, check out www.linux.org.



Two other distributions of Linux should be noted: Red Hat and Slack-ware. Red Hat Linux is the most portable version of Linux, with code that runs natively on the Intel, Alpha, and SPARC processors. The Slackware distribution was specifically designed for the Intel platform and, as such, supports many PC hardware devices, including Ethernet and multiple (up to 16) processors.


For a list of the various English Linux distributions, check out www.1inux.org/ dist/english.html.


The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), in California, makes two main flavors of Unix: OpenServer and UnixWare. OpenServer is considered the Intel Unix flavor of choice because it is robust and scalable. Corporate networks are favorably inclined toward OpenServer because SCO provides excellent support for its product.


In 1997, Novell sold its Unix product, UnixWare, to SCO. The distinguishing feature of this product is its interoperability with Novell-based networks. Additionally, it is easy to install and administer.

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