@unksol@ybmuG Macs are built on a BSD core. Practically speaking, to non-nerds, Unix is equivalent to Linux. Windows Services for Linux (or WSL) are hosting full distros (Ubuntu) now, and Windows just beefed up its “Terminal for Windows”, Git has a bash command shell and there’s also the Cygwin approach to getting a Unix/Linux environment on Windows. You can even run an X-server on Cygwin or a WSL distro and fire up a different GUI desktop on your GUI desktop.
That’s separate from “the hard way” of running a whole VM to run Unix/Linux.
PuTTY is still, IMHO, the easiest straight up, no fluff SSH client for windows terminal into a shell someplace else (remote, VM, or even a Cygwin or WSL host running an SSH server).
@blaineg if you are using putty in multiple environments or IDs superputty is your friend.
Im in 2-3 servers everyday and up to 6 different IDs… It’s very handy to have a layout where you can tab or arrange the windows to your preference. And at the start of the day open it and just log into them all.
Obviously you have to keep track of your environments but the tab is titled and if it’s always in the same spot…
@unksol@ybmuG You mentioned HPUX. I didn’t want to get into an OSF fight if I mentioned Multics, Solaris, or BSD or the “L” word in a Unix™ thread.
For the nerds, Dennis Ritchie never got his doctorate from MIT. He didn’t think it right to have to pay for the bound copy of his dissertation for the library, so he didn’t. As a requirement for receiving a PhD, he was not bestowed with one, and he bailed to take a hot job at Bell Labs, and the rest is history. They recently found a copy, believed to be his personal draft among the papers of his widow. Article
@mike808@ybmuG regardless it’s unix. Or linux or whatever. And available tools are what you load. But we are still hard out there in nerd land. I would bet 90+% are on windows and I don’t even run linux now
My typing kungfu is mostly focused at putty for work
@unksol@ybmuG Linux is not Unix, which is why I made the claim that for practical purposes it is, and for lay discussion, they are the same. Under the hood in the kernel, they’re not.
Solaris was BSD-based, which is why HPUX and AIX (arguably a larger competitor to HPUX) formed the OSF to ward off the evil spirits of those hippy dippy Berkeley fellows in corporation land. Then there is the whole SCO debacle and saga.
Since most folks have Windows desktops, the tools to access Unux/Linux environment are going to remain PuTTY (and SuperPuTTY) and WinSCP. For those needong or wanting a more “immersive” experience, there’s the Git Bash, Cygwin, and now WSL, which is as close to a VM as we will get. And WSL runs on Windows Home!
There is even talk that Windows may swap kernels with Linux and become a services layer and GUI on top of Linux. Crazy, eh?