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-Linux
-Unix
-Arch
-Debian

Are these the main four?
Debian and Arch are both versions or distros of Linux. Linux is a unix-like operating sysem.
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post #32 of 38
So, if this little ASCII graphic makes sense:

.......................¸ Arch
Unix --> Linux ´
......................`· Debian

Unix is the shell? Linux is the OS, and Arch and Debian would be like Windows 95 or Windows 98? Same OS, just different "versions?"
    
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post #33 of 38
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Originally Posted by UrbanSmooth View Post
So, if this little ASCII graphic makes sense:

.......................¸ Arch
Unix --> Linux ´
......................`· Debian

Unix is the shell? Linux is the OS, and Arch and Debian would be like Windows 95 or Windows 98? Same OS, just different "versions?"
More or less Unix indirctly led to Linux which then has multiple versions.

Well basically Linux follows some of the standards of Unix but not all. BSD would be closer to Unix I think. Generally a Linux distro is anything using a Linux kernel. Different distros like Arch,Ubuntu,Fedora or Gentoo then choose there systems of configuration and set of applciations. Some are closer than others the vanilla Linux source code, I think slack is probably closest. Arch for example uses a number of BSD style scripts and cnfigurations but still uses the linux kernel.
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Is there some sort of reference to which version is best for what needs?
    
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There are a lot of sites that post reviews etc. You can look at distrowatch.com they have all the distros and explain their purpose. There is also a sticky in this forum. If you tell us what kind of thing you are looking for people are usually eager to chime in with their favorite distro for that purpose.
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ok when I boot I get this

Root device '/dev/sda4' doesn't exist. Attempting to create it.
ERROR: Unable to determine major/minor number of root device '/dev/sda4' .
you are being dropped to a recovery shell


tried reinstalling
but on go
still git the same
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ok when I boot I get this

Root device '/dev/sda4' doesn't exist. Attempting to create it.
ERROR: Unable to determine major/minor number of root device '/dev/sda4' .
you are being dropped to a recovery shell


tried reinstalling
but on go
still git the same
You need the proper drivers for your hard drive built into the kernel or the initrd/initramfs. I suggest you use the genkernel method to build your kernel.
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post #38 of 38
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So, if this little ASCII graphic makes sense:

.......................¸ Arch
Unix --> Linux ´
......................`· Debian

Unix is the shell? Linux is the OS, and Arch and Debian would be like Windows 95 or Windows 98? Same OS, just different "versions?"
unix is an operating system not just a shell

technically unix doesnt really exist anymore unix has become more of a synonym for the posix standard

and technically linux is just a kernel

you can think of it like... unix being the standard, or grandfather... bsd and linux are the main branches now... and mostly what you hear about are linux distros

i wouldnt really say comparing distros of linux to versions of windows is an accurate comparison... a better comparison would be comparing kernel version numbers in linux to versions of windows a linux distro is more like... windows professional vs windows home, same operating system just different stuff put in by default, except the amount of how modular linux is makes it so that difference in content can make a HUGE difference
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