Introduction to UNIX for Web Developers UNIX and Webmasters 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 services.

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 work.

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.

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