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6.7 Systemology
===============

This section aims at presenting some systems and pointers to
documentation.  It may help you addressing particular problems reported
by users.

   Posix-conforming systems (http://www.opengroup.org/susv3) are
derived from the Unix operating system
(http://www.bell-labs.com/history/unix/).

   The Rosetta Stone for Unix (http://bhami.com/rosetta.html) contains
a table correlating the features of various Posix-conforming systems.
Unix History (http://www.levenez.com/unix/) is a simplified diagram of
how many Unix systems were derived from each other.

   The Heirloom Project (http://heirloom.sourceforge.net/) provides
some variants of traditional implementations of Unix utilities.

Darwin
     Darwin is also known as Mac OS X.  Beware that the file system
     _can_ be case-preserving, but case insensitive.  This can cause
     nasty problems, since for instance the installation attempt for a
     package having an `INSTALL' file can result in `make install'
     report that nothing was to be done!

     That's all dependent on whether the file system is a UFS (case
     sensitive) or HFS+ (case preserving).  By default Apple wants you
     to install the OS on HFS+.  Unfortunately, there are some pieces of
     software which really need to be built on UFS.  We may want to
     rebuild Darwin to have both UFS and HFS+ available (and put the
     /local/build tree on the UFS).

QNX 4.25
     QNX is a realtime operating system running on Intel architecture
     meant to be scalable from the small embedded systems to the hundred
     processor super-computer.  It claims to be Posix certified.  More
     information is available on the QNX home page
     (http://www.qnx.com/).

Tru64
     Documentation of several versions of Tru64
     (http://h30097.www3.hp.com/docs/) is available in different
     formats.

Unix version 7
     Officially this was called the "Seventh Edition" of "the UNIX
     time-sharing system" but we use the more-common name "Unix version
     7".  Documentation is available in the Unix Seventh Edition Manual
     (http://plan9.bell-labs.com/7thEdMan/).  Previous versions of Unix
     are called "Unix version 6", etc., but they were not as widely
     used.


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