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Hello,
so I am a windows user. (sorry!) but at work we have machines running HP-UX, i sat down at a terminal with HP-UX and I was looking to find some information in a file and i felt the worst id felt in a long long time...

It was the first time in which I sat down at a PC and didnt know what the hell i was doing... I have used the cmd in windows and expected something similar at least, but nothing could help me out, I was completely lost for the 15minutes I was on the machine...

So, I would like to learn at least a little about this operating system at least to be able to do something.

Now I dont actually want to use HP-UX, because firstly I think id need to pay for it and secondly, the version I would get would not be anything like the version they use at work (older version, modified for companies needs, runs primarily of a server etc.)

So...
Is there another user friendly version of unix that would be similar in terms of commands to HP-UX that I can try to get my hands on and figure some things out?
What would be the best method of installing this OS via VirtualBox (or another virtual machine)

I dont really know where to start but looking at UNIX for me is like looking into a large termite hill will lots of routes and tunnels leading down to different areas, lots of confusing terms that i dont really understand like, distro's, kernals, unix/linux, GNU, modes and rings...blergh =)

thanks in advance for all your advice
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Originally Posted by penfold1992 View Post

I dont really know where to start but looking at UNIX for me is like looking into a large termite hill will lots of routes and tunnels leading down to different areas, lots of confusing terms that i dont really understand like, distro's, kernals, unix/linux, GNU, modes and rings...blergh =)
  • distros is a Linux thing. You don't need to worry about that with HP-UX, but essentially it just refers to the different "brands" of Linux out there.
  • kernels means the same on UNIX as it does with Windows. It's the core processing part of the OS. Essentially what the CPU is to hardware, the kernel is to software.
  • unix/linux is more complicated to explain because there's a lot of history and OSs out there. But I don't think you really need to worry out any of this as you're only interested in one specific UNIX; HP-UX. Other UNIX's will differ and Linux will behave quite a bit differently (though there is some shared knowledge)
  • GNU is a software organisation aimed at creating a free and open source alternative to UNIX and it's commercial tools. While the majority of GNU's stuff ends up on Linux, you do occasionally see some GNU software on UNIX as well.
  • I'm not entirely sure what you mean by modes and rings, but a quick google around would suggest it's possibly a HP-UX specific thing. I think one or two members on here are HP-UX sysadmins so they might be able to shed more light on that

As for what software to run in a VM, I'd avoid Linux because although many of the commands will be similar, the differences will leave you more confused than before. You may be best off with OpenIndina as if it's anything like it's grand-parent OS (Solaris) then it's going to have more commonalities with HP-UX's command line than Linux would. Also, if you have a Mac than OS X's terminal might be good enough to practice on as well.
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On Hpux, when you type uname, it comes back with an apology.
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