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This page will privode some HOWTO related to IBM AIX Unix.


AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) is a serie of proprietary Unix operating systems developed and sold by IBM for several of its computer platforms. Originally released for the IBM 6150 RISC workstation, AIX now supports or has supported a wide variety of hardware platforms, including the IBM RS/6000 series and later IBM POWER and PowerPC-based systems, IBM System i, System/370 mainframes, PS/2 personal computers, and the Apple Network Server. AIX is based on UNIX System V with 4.3BSD-compatible extensions. The AIX family of operating systems debuted in 1986, became the standard operating system for the RS/6000 series on its launch in 1990, and is still actively developed by IBM, and currently supported on IBM Power Systems alongside IBM i and Linux.

AIX was the first operating system to utilize journalling file systems and has provided several other innovations in operating system design.

  • Pros: Fast and stable; Good documentation; SMIT configuration tool; Large availability of commercial applications
  • Cons: most software packages are outdated; non PC-architecture compatible.
  • Software package management: A complete command-line package management infrastructure using binary packages. There is also the possibility to install PowerPC RPM packages.
  • Available editions: Installation CDs for ROMP, IBM POWER, PowerPC, IBM PS/2, System/370, ESA/390 processors