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Is there a free Unix (no Unix-like) distribution?

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"The various BSD OSes have a direct lineage to the BSD Unix developed at the University of California at Berkeley, and I doubt you can find anyone who would claim that the UCB Unixes weren't Unix. Lineage doesn't necessarily mean anything, though.

Linux definitely doesn't have any Unix lineage; it pretty much sprang forth fully formed from the head of Zeus Linus.

If you're interested in lineage, this history of Unix is interesting.

If you're interested in being able to say ""UNIX"" on the package, here is the list of products certified as UNIX by the owners of the trademark:

UNIX 03 Registered Products:


Apple Inc.: Mac OS X Version 10.5 Leopard
Fujitsu Limited: Solaris™ 10 Operating System on Fujitsu PRIMEPOWER® 64-bit SPARC® Based Platforms
Hewlett-Packard Company: HP-UX 11i V3 Release B.11.31 or later on HP Integrity Servers
IBM Corporation: AIX 6 Operating System V6.1.2 with SP1 or later
IBM Corporation: AIX 5L for POWER V5.3 dated 7-2006 or later
IBM Corporation: AIX 5L for POWER V5.2 dated 8-2004 or later with APARs: IY59610, IY60869, IY61405 with VAC 6.0.0.8 or later on pSeries CHRP systems
Sun Microsystems, Inc.: Solaris 10 Operating System plus patch 118844-06 for X86 and on, on 64-bit X86 based systems
Sun Microsystems, Inc.: Solaris 10 Operating System and on, on 32-bit X86 based systems
Sun Microsystems, Inc.: Solaris 10 Operating System and on, on 32-bit and 64-bit SPARC based systems


UNIX 98 Registered Products:


Fujitsu Limited: Solaris 9™ Operating Environment and on, on 32-bit and 64-bit SPARC®-based systems
Fujitsu Limited: Solaris™ 8 Operating Environment on SPARC®-based Platforms, 32-bit and 64-bit
Hewlett-Packard Company: HP Tru64 UNIX® V5.1A or later running on HP AlphaStations and HP AlphaServers
IBM Corporation: Systems using PowerPC™ architecture based processors with AIX 5L™ for Power V5.2 or later
Sun Microsystems, Inc.: Solaris™ Express 05/03 Operating Environment, SPARC Platform Edition, 05/03 and on, on 32-bit and 64-bit SPARC systems
Sun Microsystems, Inc.: Solaris™ Express 05/03 Operating Environment, X86 Platform Edition, 05/03 and on, on 32-bit X86 based systems
Sun Microsystems, Inc.: Solaris 9 12/02 X86 Platform Edition and later on 32-bit X86 based systems
Sun Microsystems, Inc.: Solaris 9 and on (SPARC 32 bit and 64 bit Platform Editions)
Sun Microsystems, Inc.: Solaris 8 and on, on 32-bit and 64-bit SPARC based systems
Sun Microsystems, Inc.: Solaris 8 and on, on X86 based systems


The only thing on there that approaches a free OS is Solaris, which you can download and license without cost. The source isn't open, but you don't have to pay for it."
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