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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I do not want to disappoint but...
by ebasconp on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 16:39 UTC
ebasconp
Member since:
2006-05-09

... BSDs and commercial UNIXes are still strong in the servers world....

... and in the desktop world, Linux has 1% market share approx and Mac OS/X (a true UNIX), has a 7% market share...

... so, I really do not know if Linux is killing the other UNIXes around... and being a little sarcastic, the only true Linux victim until now has been Minix...

Do not misunderstand me, I like Linux a lot (I adore Gentoo), but saying Linux is killing the other UNIXes, when in some markets the other UNIXes [MacOS X and iPhoneOS] have a better marketshare does not make sense at all.

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JMcCarthy Member since:
2005-08-12

Calling OS X a true UNIX is a bit of a stretch. They bought the certification, most GNU/Linux distros could too, if it made sense. The underlying OS is an even worse mix mash than most Linux implementations, not that average users care about that, Apple scores big on the stuff that matters to Joe Blow.

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REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

To be unix certified it's not just a case of purchasing a certificate from the nearest unix cert reseller, the OS has to meet certain standards and i find BSD/Mac OSX a little neater than Linux when it comes to layout.

The unix cert is not really for the desktop users, from what i can see it's forethought in apple positioning itself to sell more and more of their server software and hardware to businesses.

Agree with the other posters, this article is pretty poor, from what i can see unix will be around for a very long time to come, yes linux has got into certain datacenters, however there will always be a place for Unix, like theres a place for Windows Server.

What i mean by adding in Windows into that line is that it's annoying to see the age old argument that for one OS to win the others have to fail. This has been the argument on the desktop for a long time. However as many have said including Jobs, Gates etc.. computers are prevalent enough that there is enough room in the market for these systems to continue to thrive without the death of another.

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krreagan Member since:
2008-04-08

Calling OS X a true UNIX is a bit of a stretch. They bought the certification, most GNU/Linux distros could too, if it made sense. The underlying OS is an even worse mix mash than most Linux implementations, not that average users care about that, Apple scores big on the stuff that matters to Joe Blow.

OSX is very much a UNIX! Just as much as Sun OS, AIX, HP/UX...

Having worked on kernels for many years! there are _no_ OS's out there that I know of that are more of a cluster phuck! than the Linux kernel. Including FBSD, Darwin, vxWorks.

Linux is what you get when you have too many cooks in the kitchen! Spaghetti everywhere!

KRR

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-oblio- Member since:
2008-05-27

"... and in the desktop world, Linux has 1% market share approx and Mac OS/X (a true UNIX), has a 7% market share... "

In the US, and only in the US. Worldwide, Linux and OS X each have a market share of around 1-2%. For example, where I live, Apple penetration is very low, and online statistics for the largest sites here show OS X usage less than 1%, and even lower for Linux. I wouldn't bet on high Mac OS X usage in China, India, or other developing countries ;)

Apple is pretty US focused. And the rest of the world DOES MATTER, despite what americans might think (that's why Acer for example is one of the largest PC manufacturers) ;)

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