Linked by Rahul on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 14:25 UTC
Linux ServerWatch writes about the slow but sure death of UNIX by the onslaught of Linux and customers moving from older proprietary UNIX systems to commercially supported open source enterprise Linux distributions. "Linux does have one killer feature that is driving the switch: lower cost. Many companies are discovering Linux to be extremely attractive from a cost perspective. Take the experience of Sabre, a travel company that replaced Solaris with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) running on x86 machines, resulting in lowering costs 90 percent (with a three-fold speed gain to boot). These potential cost savings, which include hardware maintenance costs savings, are not to sniffed at."
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by knightrider on Fri 24th Oct 2008 15:38 UTC
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Hmmm. While Solaris has it's place I have not heard anyone mention that it lags behind Linux where device drivers are concerned. I think this is one of the major stumbling blocks to it's wide scale use. So the fact that it has features that Linux doesn't is pointless if it doesn't work on your hardware.

OSX would flourish more if it wasn't built for "proprietary" hardware. However, this model has served Apple well so far because it cuts helpdesk requests.

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