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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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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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

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


Those who work as developers sometimes get upset when searching for proper documentation in Linux. Sometimes, there's a manpage, usually not. The source code isn't as tidy and explaining as expected, in regards of useful identifiers or comments. That's different from what is usually known from the "commercial UNIXes" and the BSDs. There, you usually get excellent documentation, either it is already there (locally) or you can buy it. For example, the BSDs have one of the best documentation philosopies I've ever seen: great handbooks, FAQs, and manpages for everything, not only for the system commands, but for configuration file layouts, kernel interfaces, system calls, maintenance procedures and device drivers. Everything is consistet. But that's usually not the case with the many Linusi and especially with the "two big desktop environments" where documentation is left to others, scattered around in forums, Wikis and even Blogs.

At least to me as a developer, documentation is one of the most important things. I hope that Linux will improve in this regards, but I fear that the attitude "It already works, why write documentation?" will become more and more comfortable...

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