Re: Personal Version of AIX
From: Robert DiRosario (robert_dirosario_at_yahoo.com)
Date: 13 Aug 2003 09:00:39 -0700
"Dr. David Kirkby" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:<3F398C91.C7ADF8DE@ntlworld.com>...
> ShermanHung wrote:
> > Is there a personal version of AIX that I can download for self practice ?
> No, IBM don't do this, which I think is a real shame, as it does not
> allow hobbyiests to experiement and learn the OS, which they could
> later use to the advantage of both IBM and themselves.
> > Can AIX be installed on Windows environment?
> You should understand that AIX is a UNIX operating system that runs on
> IBM UNIX hardware. That does not mean the normal sort of PCs you will
> find, so its **impossible** to run AIX on a standard PC under Windoze,
> or even install AIX without Windoze. It simply can not run on a
> computer with 386, 486, Pentium II, .. Pentium IV, any AMD CPU or
> anything like it.
> If you want to run a UNIX-like operating system on a PC, run Linux,
> which you can download and legally use for free. See
> http://www.debian.org/ (my personal choice)
> and many other distributions.
> There is also NetBSD, OpenBSD and FreeBSD, but Linux is the most
> popular by far, so you will find more help around on Linux. You can
> install Linux on a bog-standard PC, leaving Windoze in place. It's
> much easier if you add a second hard drive to install Linux on.
> If you want to run real UNIX on a PC (as opposed to a UNIX-like
> system), you can install Solaris x86, which will cost you $20 to
> download and install, but to be legal you need to buy a license too
> (around $100). However, Solaris x86 is quite fussy about hardware and
> does not support a lot of PC components. So I'd discourage it's use,
> at least as a first system to install.
> Dr. David Kirkby,
> Senior Research Fellow,
> Department of Medical Physics,
> University College London,
> 11-20 Capper St, London, WC1E 6JA.
> Tel: 020 7679 6408 Fax: 020 7679 6269
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IBM does have a hobbyist program. That's how I got AIX 4.3.3 for
$50.00. You pay for the media and the license is free. I don't
recall the URL, but the hobbyist program does exist, at least in the
US. I don't know what the media price is now. You don't get any
compilers, just AIX.