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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Why Linux vs UNIX?
by JPowers27 on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 16:35 UTC
JPowers27
Member since:
2008-07-30

I have a stupid question: How is Linux killing UNIX?

The last time I checked the UNIX trade mark is owned by the Open Group (www.opengroup.org). Any system may use the UNIX trade mark if they pass a Certification test.

The newest UNIX on the market today is Mac OS 10.5 which is a certified UNIX. It has the same certification as AIX 5L V5.3, HP-UX 11i V3, & Solaris 10 (the UNIX 03 Certification).

Apple had to change a few of the GNU tools to pass the certification; however, I believe they sent the patches back to the GNU team.

If anyone wanted to spend the money and time, it would be easy for GNU/Linux to pass the certification test. Please note that the Linux Standard Base Specification 2.0 and the Single UNIX Specification 1.9 are in the process of being unified.

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RE: Why Linux vs UNIX?
by bonch on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 21:00 in reply to "Why Linux vs UNIX?"
bonch Member since:
2006-06-01

I wouldn't bother with Linux over FreeBSD anyway, which I consider a "true" UNIX. BSD blows Linux out of the water. It's almost embarrassing.

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RE[2]: Why Linux vs UNIX?
by krreagan on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 21:07 in reply to "RE: Why Linux vs UNIX?"
krreagan Member since:
2008-04-08

It's almost embarrassing.

Not almost! ;)

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