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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3 Things
by MightyPenguin on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 17:54 UTC
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2005-11-18

1. Linux is as much Unix as any OS from IBM or HP. So saying it's Unix vs Linux is kind of a stretch. It should probably be Linux is becoming #1 Unix. Yes I know that's not 100% accurate, but for most people that pretty much sums it up.

2. If systems using Cobol were still around in 2000 (and even today) you can bet that all these other Unix OSs will be in use for many years to come.

3. I don't think companies like HP and IBM really mind that Linux is replacing their brands of Unix. They still get to sell their hardware with it, and they get the support revenue that goes with those sales. But now they get to share the R&D and development cost with everybody else. Keeping up with hardware drivers and whatnot for your own brand of Unix is not an easy or cheap task, and sharing this work with a larger development community has to be a big win for everyone.

Edited 2008-10-23 17:55 UTC

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RE: 3 Things
by segedunum on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 21:52 in reply to "3 Things"
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2005-07-06

Decent analysis of the situation. Those who are protectionist of their particular Unix will probably care. Those that aren't probably won't be as long as money is coming in. After all, people use Linux because it is Unix-like and was the way that it was designed.

Linux and x86 will probably replace a few more Unix systems where they can, but there will always be some big systems sitting around running Unix somewhere and they won't be going away. The problem for some companies like Sun is that they are, and certainly were, caught between the x86 Linux systems that people can more than adequately run, and the big iron systems that IBM in particular run that exist in their own market. It's sometimes not clear where they fit.

Unix will never die though, and that refrain has been going on for years. Sadly, it has been coming from some stupid Linux companies who think that they can keep grabbing the low-hanging fruit of existing Unix installations rather than looking at where they should be looking - competing with and replacing Windows Server. Novell in particular should be doing this, because Netware is gradually being eaten and pretending you're a Linux company to try and replace the market you're losing is not a great idea I don't think.

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