Unix Servers

Written by Genevieve Hawkins
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Whenever you go online, there is a standard digital system you must be operating under. Although commands may appear in simple English to you, the actual computer language is more complex, and there must be a way for the system to read what is there. By using a mainframe server such as Unix, this is possible.

The History of Unix

Unix is one of the first DNS servers available, and as such many components of it still exist on other computer systems, including IBM. A DNS server, or Domain System Name, translates a domain name (or website name) into an IP address. This must happen for the system to be read by computer to computer, as the words have no intrinsic value digitally, only the blips.

For example, if I were to develop a website entitled Server_InfoCenter, the computer would only read a series of numbers such as 101087.908.4590.29. Because this is difficult for many to understand, many of the problems that arise online occur because the computer is not "reading" what the user is, and it can be difficult for those without programming knowledge to know what to do. Unix servers are more powerful than other types, and are more accessible. It becomes less likely that these problems occur when operating under such a system, provided it is set up well.

Unix was developed in 1969 and as such is the first open or standard operating system, which allowed others to contribute to its success. Many features of it were incorporated to develop the Internet later. Furthermore, a subsidiary of it known as Linux still offers free web hosting to this day. Although best tackled by those with some experience, knowledge in Unix servers can be utilized in many areas of internet applications.


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