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Unices vs. Unixen vs. Unixes

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#1 j4mes


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Posted 26 November 2005 - 11:54 AM

I prefer Unices myself. Unixen is too VAX-ey, and Unixes looks awkward. This really seems to matter in some groups, so I figured it was worth debating.

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 01:01 PM

I associate Unices with "Unisys"; so I prefer Unixes. Or better yet: Unix.
The quick brown fox jumped over a few unix boxes and was electrocuted.

Edited by Seal, 26 November 2005 - 01:02 PM.

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 06:02 PM


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Posted 27 November 2005 - 09:46 PM

i vote "Unix"

It sounds the cleanest and most organized. :P

but w8, if u r goin 4 this kind of talk, then u culd use *nix


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Posted 27 November 2005 - 10:41 PM

I believe I was mistaken, it's not Unix. :(

From wikipedia:

Several plural forms of Unix are used to refer to multiple brands of Unix and Unix-like systems. Most common is the conventional "Unixes", but the culture that created Unix has a penchant for playful use of language, and "Unices" (treating Unix as Latin word) is also popular. The Anglo-Saxon plural form "Unixen" is not common, although occasionally seen.

Edited by mrfishopolis, 27 November 2005 - 11:02 PM.

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 01:49 PM

its a broad word. technically you can't call anything unix until the open group says so, but generally the term is used to describe unix like operating systems, mostly by people who don't really know much about them, ie, Sun Unix instead of Solaris, or does it run unix, instead of does the HP server run HP-UX. even dumber are people who refer to everything as linux. you can almost judge compotance by how people refer to their operating systems.

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