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Chapter 20. Networking Mix and Match > Internetworking with UNIX and Linux

Internetworking with UNIX and Linux

The UNIX operating system, originally developed in the 1970s at AT&T's Bell Laboratories as a platform for internal software development, is still evolving and growing. In its early days, UNIX was distributed at no cost to academic institutions, so an entire generation of programmers and computer scientists learned their art on UNIX systems in college. Almost all of the Internet software you're familiar with today was developed on UNIX systems, and it's the most common operating system for high-end graphics and engineering workstations manufactured by Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and many other companies. The Open Source phenomenon (which is by no means new, but is certainly resurgent) has also produced the no-cost NetBSD, GNU, and Linux UNIX clones, ensuring that a new generation of programmers will continue the traditions of openness, collaboration, and sharing that typify the UNIX community.

This section looks at ways to network Windows XP with UNIX-type operating systems. Although many of the examples involve Linux (Red Hat Linux 6.0), most of the examples can be translated to almost any UNIX-type operating system.


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