Unix Training

Written by Shirley Parker
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Several versions or "flavors" of the UNIX operating system have been developed since the early 1970s, but it began inside AT&T's Bell Laboratories. At the time, the code for the system was available at no charge, so those receiving it began developing their own versions for their own uses. Early developers included government entities, research institutes and universities, as well as companies in the computer field.

The UNIX operating system played a major part in the development of computer-aided design, laboratory simulations, and manufacturing control systems. UNIX systems enable transmission of telephone calls and e-commerce, even the actual Internet that we now take almost for granted. Unfortunately, the different versions of UNIX were incompatible with each other during the 1980s. A set of standards was sorely needed.

In 1984, the X/Open Company Ltd. set out to define a comprehensive open systems environment. Then, in 1987, AT&T finally decided to do something to unify the UNIX market. Their agreement with Sun Microsystems, whose founders had been involved in developing the Berkeley flavor of UNIX, alarmed the rest of the UNIX world. They formed an opposing pact called the Open Software Foundation; AT&T/Sun retaliated by forming UNIX International. And the UNIX wars had begun.

UNIX Training Today

Certain technical staff members need basic skills to interface effectively with UNIX based Open Systems. Support personnel, system integrators and application developers benefit greatly from a UNIX Essentials course that covers the major releases of UNIX extant today: AIX, Sun Solaris, UNIXWare, HP-UX and others. With this fundamental knowledge, those who need to, can go on to advanced training. Some vendors offer courses online, while other classes can only be taken in a live group where peer interaction and instructor feedback is immediate. There's something to be said for facial expression when it comes to comprehension of a concept.

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