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Unixware 7 System Administration- Gene Henriksen, Melissa Henriksen

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I haven't yet made the switch to UnixWare 7. Everything is prepared for that day; I have a server ready, the OS is installed, and I've dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's: I'm ready to do it, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. I still use an OSR5 server for all my day to day work, for Internet access, really for everything.

Part of that is just priorities. This is a change I want to make, that I know I will make, but there's nothing urgent about it. But there's also an element of fear: I'm not entirely comfortable with UW7 yet, there are still many small things that I just have yet to do enough times to feel really competent, so it's easy to put this off again and again. Yet this day will come, and it will probably be sooner rather than later.

This book is going to be a major help in that effort. Written by a father and daughter team, it is an exhaustive and complete coverage of Unixware 7. One of the features I particularly liked is that it is crammed full of tips for OSR5 people, pointing out differences and potential misunderstandings. That kind of advice is wonderful to have. There are also numerous troubleshooting notes throughout. It's also nice to see a large number of screen snapshots even though the lack of color limits the effectiveness somewhat.

As the title would indicate, this is a book for administrators and consultants. Its level of technical detail is not overly deep (it's not an internals or programming book), but it is probably much more than a user would want. It is exactly what an administrator would need, and that's particularly true if that administrator is migrating from OSR5.

I like this book a lot. I'm sure this is something I will be referring to often as I begin using UW7 regularly.

Gene Henriksen says he's hoping to put out a larger second edition in a year or so. I hope he can, and he's guaranteed at least one sale!

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Sat Nov 3 22:51:59 2007: 3221   TonyLawrence

Well here we are eight years later, and no, I never did move to Unixware - I moved to Linux and Mac OS X instead..

Sun Nov 4 15:01:41 2007: 3223   BigDumbDinosaur

Same here (no Mac, however).

SCO is rapidly disappearing from the scene for us. I've only got four clients still running on OSR5 -- all others have either been moved to Linux or have decided to entrust Windows 200x server with their data. Two of the OSR5 clients are unlikely to move to Linux anytime soon due to middleware issues (mostly cost -- a Linux version is available). The third appears to be too cheap to pay for the conversion. The fourth may happen early next year. They'll all eventually come around (I hope).

The only other OSR5 server we have under our care is the one sitting under my desk and keeping my left foot warm. I'll probably switch it eventually -- assuming I don't retire or die first.

I never really took much of a look at Unixware. It just didn't seem to fit into the scheme of things back when SCO started pushing it and now, I can't imagine why anyone would give it a glance. For that matter, I can't see why anyone would even consider SCO for anything. Their stuff doesn't do anything that can't be done with Linux.


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