First of all, Linux 2.0 supports a lot of new hardware which was formerly difficult or impossible to use under Linux. These are new SCSI adapters (e.g. 53C400), improved support for other cards (e.g. 53C800, AHA2940), new network cards (e.g. SMC 9000, 3com590), several new multi-port serial cards, several ISDN cards from cheap passive ones to fast active cards for use in servers. Want a more thorough overview of supported hardware ?
The installation procedure has changed dramatically between Unifix 1.8 (and Linux-FT 1.2) and the new version 2.0. The new POSIX.7.2 software management system makes package management still easier than before. Installation on multiple partitions has been enhanced (full disk space analysis during package installation). For large setups, installation via NFS has been enhanced significantly and supports central IP address administration via BOOTP.
Beside Samba (NetBIOS/LanManager server) there are now also an SMB client file system, an NCP (NetWare) client file system as well as Mars_NWE, an NCP server clone.
Also new is the Java SDK (binary-only), Xemacs, Netatalk (Appletalk connectivity) and IP firewall administration tools ipfwadm . Important for software developers is the new bug-fix release 188.8.131.52 of GCC. Further, a large number of other tools are present in newer versions.
Full NIS (YP) support, including NIS servers.
NLS and localization support.
And, of course, the file cache (called Copycache under Linux-FT) is still there. It is now possible to install Unifix Linux:
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