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Re: (OT?): Operating Systems

by MidLifeXis (Monsignor)
on Dec 13, 2006 at 18:55 UTC ( [id://589654]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to (OT?): Operating Systems

Since you didn't ask specifically for Linux distro (although it may be implied), I would point towards OpenBSD as well. If you are interested in security, it might be an intersting distro to play around for building firewalls1 and the like.

1I have two running at home on minimal hardware. One SMB / Web Proxy / internal DNS / jack of all trades server and one external facing firewall. Both have been very reliable.

--MidLifeXis

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Re^2: (OT?): Operating Systems
by Andrew_Levenson (Hermit) on Dec 13, 2006 at 19:18 UTC
    You're right, i'm not asking specifically for a Linux distro. What I really want to find is a non-windows (my XP box _literally_ took its own life, funny story) OS (preferably in C, so I can learn to toy with it) in which I won't necessarily need the GUI running at all so I can learn to get used to using a shell. And, it may be stupid to specify this, but it'd be very nice if it were secure, fast and stable.

    Is that a lot to ask for, or does that leave a lot of narrowing down to do?
    C(qw/74 97 104 112/);sub C{while(@_){$c**=$C;print (map{chr($C!=$c?shift:pop)}$_),$C+=@_%2!=1?1:0}}

      If secure, fast, and stable are your requirements, OpenBSD would definitely meet your requirements. Easy to set up -- I would not call it "easy", but rather "not difficult".

      ObHistory - OpenBSD is based more on the BSD Unix family, and Linux follows (well, sort of) the SysV style of Unix.

      --MidLifeXis

        Is it easy to toy with?
        Like, is the source readily accessible so I can make changes to the system as I learn how?
        C(qw/74 97 104 112/);sub C{while(@_){$c**=$C;print (map{chr($C!=$c?shift:pop)}$_),$C+=@_%2!=1?1:0}}

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