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*nix pronounciation[edit]

from tfa:

abbreviation like “Un*x” or “*nix” (the latter pronounced as "asternix", a play on the asterisk used for the wildcard)[citation needed]


abbreviation like “Un*x” or “*nix” (the latter pronounced as either "nix" or "asternix", a play on the asterisk used for the wildcard)[citation needed]

-- 5o1 []

What was wrong with Category:Unix(like) operating systems?[edit]

I just wonder why this category was deleted/removed? In my opining, it was/is a perfectly sensible category to have, since it covers both UNIX^TM proper and stuff like Linux and GNU Hurd, etc. There's no problem having a UNIX category as a subcat AND a 'side-cat' to Unix(like)(...). --Wernher 20:37, 7 Aug 2004 (UTC)

I think it is better to have a separate page devoted to each of Unix and Unix-like operating systems. Plus, it is better to use a title as the term is actually used. I have seen unix-like but never unix(like). JMHO.

Minix = open source?[edit]

Unless Tanenbaum changed the license, Minix is 'public source' in a sense, because its source code was published in and alongside with a book on OS design. But it is not open source.

Yes, the license was changed. It's now under a BSD-like license - David Gerard 16:14, 29 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Trademark issues[edit]

I revised the trademark section to reflect The Open Group's current recommendations.

I've reworked the article a bit, trying to establish consistent standards for the use of the U-word here, as a compromise between The Open Group's trademark rights and the public's free speech rights:
  • The original program developed by Bell Labs: Unix.
  • OSes that resemble it: "Unix-like" (the "scare quotes" to reflect that it's not a formally correct term).
  • OSes complying with the Single UNIX Specification: UNIX.
Tverbeek 15:24, 25 Apr 2005 (UTC)


I'm adding GNU/kFreeBSD again. Anyone have your discussion and/or ping-pong game about GNU/Linux naming controversy if you like, but please don't remove GNU/kFreeBSD because of that. Thanks.

Mac OS X[edit]

I edited the article since Mac OS X 10.5 is REAL Unix 10.0-10.4 is Unix-like talk (talk) 06:49, 14 August 2008 (UTC+8)