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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UNIX is far from dead
by qroon on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 16:14 UTC
qroon
Member since:
2005-10-21

I still see a lot of Job postings looking for UNIX (Solaris, HPUX and AIX) admins ;) Linux compliments UNIX, IMHO.

P.S. I'm a Linux/UNIX admin. I only wish that both platform will grow further.

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RE: UNIX is far from dead
by dagw on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 21:37 in reply to "UNIX is far from dead"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

While I don't see Unix disappearing, its role has clearly diminished. The place I got my first sysadmin gig at in 1997 started out running purely Unix, a year later a couple of Linux boxes had been added. A few years after that again it was all Linux except for one Unix server. So while they still needed a Unix admin, they needed him because of that one server as opposed to the entire shop.

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RE[2]: UNIX is far from dead
by Matt Giacomini on Sat 25th Oct 2008 03:01 in reply to "RE: UNIX is far from dead"
Matt Giacomini Member since:
2005-07-06

So while they still needed a Unix admin, they needed him because of that one server as opposed to the entire shop.

They must have some pretty stupid Linux admins then. I have never meet an admin worth his salt that can't support multiple Unix/Linux platforms.

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RE: UNIX is far from dead
by Doc Pain on Fri 24th Oct 2008 09:12 in reply to "UNIX is far from dead"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

A short statement about job offers, just from my individual point of view: There seem to be more UNIX than Linux offers. This is because (I think) employers have a strange opinion about what's the difference between Linux and UNIX. UNIX is complicated, very technical, CLI driven; it needs a proper admin to be run. And Linux is user friendly, the 14 year old son of the boss could install it. :-) Okay, fact is: In order to run a system correctly, you still have to know many things, even in the age of "user friendly Linux". (Just to avoid misinterpretation: I always thought that Linux is user friendly.)

Beside the implication where usage share shrinks and where it grows, if you have fundamental knowledge about UNIX, you can benefit from it administrating any Linux. Those who administrate different UNIXes already know that there are differences between them, such as they are between UNIX, the BSDs and the many different Linusi.

Having said this, even if the "commercial" UNIX variants would completely disappear, the knowledge and experience they taught to today's admins will still live, and make their life easier.

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