Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:08 UTC
Oracle and SUN "Several of the concerns about Oracle's acquisition of Sun have revolved around how Unix technologies led by Sun would continue under the new ownership. As it turns out, Solaris users might not have much to worry about, as Oracle executives on Wednesday affirmed their commitment to preserving the efforts. In the case of Solaris, Oracle had already been a big supporter of the rival Linux operating system. Oracle has its own Enterprise Linux offering, based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the idea that Linux and Solaris are mutually exclusive is a false choice."
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I'm not a fanboy of Linux anymore than of Unix. Instead, I just tried to bring another point to the discussion to balance the discussion. Personally I would have nothing against Unix like Solaris being used more on top super computers too, but the Linux trend there is just clear.

Also, there are many types of and uses for high-end servers, mainframes, clusters and super computers and those classifications are not exclusive but may overlap. However, it is true, especially in history, that big mainframe computers have often come with a Unix OS. But - like can be seen as a general trend in super computers predicting wider change in other high-end computing too - that has started to change too.

Edit: "UNIX arose as a minicomputer operating system; Unix has scaled up over the years to acquire some mainframe characteristics." A similar kind of development has been happening with Linux nowadays.

What are the exact arguments if someone claims that a general kind of OS good and reliable enough for, say, a cluster based super computer used for expert systems, business predictions, weather modelling, space research etc. today couldn't be a good OS choice for a high-end mainframe too (and vice versa)?

Edited 2010-01-31 00:58 UTC

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