Okay, so at this point you should have
a pretty good idea of what UNIX is in general. To
repeat, UNIX can be defined as a computer operating
system providing multi-threaded, multi-user, multi-tasked
However why should you care?
Well if you are a Web technician,
there is a pretty good chance that you will spend a
good portion of the day in a UNIX environment.
The fact is that though Operating
Systems like Windows NT are becoming more popular for
controlled, limited intranets, UNIX is the only
Operating System that can really support an Internet
presence, especially for Internet Service Providers
(ISP). Though Microsoft and Apple have developed fantastic
client machines, UNIX-based machines still make the most
reliable, powerful, and secure machines for high demand
applications such as public web servers.
In other words, if you are going to
prepare your skill sets for web mastering on the internet, you
had better get comfortable in the UNIX environment. That
is what this tutorial hopes to help you with. By the third
day, you should be comfortable with all of the ins and outs
of UNIX that the typical web technician will need to do their
However, before we get into the nitty
gritty, I want to just quickly skim the history of the
development of UNIX because ... well if only because it
is quite an interesting story.