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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Other factors than the OS
by unoengborg on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 18:50 UTC
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Red Hat is far from free of costs, Sun support prices should be very competitive in most cases

I guess that the money saved are due to other factors than changing the OS alone. E.g. when you change your OS you are likely to fix other things that you have found to be problematic in your old system. It could be anything from changing hardware to changing management procedures.

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