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Unix

Any Unix workstation can run a web client, but it is probably overkill to dedicate workstation hardware to web browsing when Macintosh or PC hardware will do just fine. Linux is the most popular version of Unix for commodity PC hardware, partly because it is free along with all of the source code, though Linux is not Unix in a legal sense.

Given identical PC hardware, you can get much better performance from Linux than from Windows, but until recently there has been little commercial software available for Linux because of its origins in the hobby world. Linux does have sufficient software to be a good web client because there is Netscape for Linux and a good Java Virtual Machine as well as all the usual Unix tools that make it relatively easy to figure out exactly what’s going on in the system and the network:


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