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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RE: Flame bait
by segedunum on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 17:27 UTC in reply to "Flame bait"
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Pity UNIX is dead as I liked the idea of running ZFS without a need for FUSE.....oh hang, plenty of datacentres are running ZFS.

Sigh............. Are they? I'm afraid you'll find that people do not start formatting existing disks and partitions in somewhere like a data centre to put in a new filesystem where everyone around Sun is jumping up and down saying "Look, this is so cool you have to rip out all those Linux, and hopefully x86 systems, and go back to the very Solaris, and hopefully SPARC, systems that you left behind after the dot com boom because it cost less and you got more performance". It's not enough.

The article is simply old news and Sun has suffered badly at the hands of Linux and x86 over the years, but the fallacy for Linux companies is that they can keep seeing Unix as the 'low hanging fruit'. There will still be Unix systems around, but at best, it is a stagnant market.

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RE[2]: Flame bait
by krreagan on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 20:04 in reply to "RE: Flame bait"
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There will still be Unix systems around, but at best, it is a stagnant market.

Check out OSX's growth rate! It's much higher than Linux has ever been!


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RE[3]: Flame bait
by -oblio- on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 20:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Flame bait"
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OS X in the datacenter? I doubt it ;)

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