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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dvzt
Member since:
2008-10-23

I remember Linux folks as always complaining about Microsoft spreading FUD about it. It looks like things are different now. The Linux foundation seems to be pushing Linux campaign very aggressively everywhere it can reach. First that Zemlin guy and now this. Another article full of FUD and misinformation comming from the Linux side. I'm beginning to think that these are paid articles.

Linux in present state lacks many enterprise features, like FC stack, IO multipathing a stable kernel API (thats a laugh!) ability to handle high workloads and large number of cpus,... Also Solaris is cheaper than Red Hat now and runs very well on x86 hardware. Linux's success on low end servers doesn't mean that Unix will die. But it's obivous that some people would like it very much.

I also wonder what is wrong with osNEWS these days. I don't see any NEWS in that article. Is there a need to link to every pamphlet there is just because it favours Linux?

I'm sorry to sound negative, I'm just getting fed up with Linux propaganda. Btw I'm a desktop Linux user myself, althougt I'd avoid it on server.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

I also wonder what is wrong with osNEWS these days. I don't see any NEWS in that article. Is there a need to link to every pamphlet there is just because it favours Linux?

I'll not comment on anything else that has been beaten to death already, but I do agree with that to a certain degree. The replacement of Unix systems with x86 and Linux is definitely not new at all, it has badly affected companies like Sun over the years but I do think many Linux-using organisations just need to drop it and move on.

Replacing Unix systems like Solaris has been the refrain from Red Hat and other companies like Novell for quite a while because they think that it's been easy money, but I believe that has now just about run its course and they need to start dropping it. Being a merely a Unix replacement is just not good enough.

If anything, you can take this kind of article as a sign that Linux organisations desperately don't want to try and compete with Windows Server, for reasons best known to them, by flogging a dead horse.

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rajj Member since:
2005-07-06

No FC or multi-pathing support? Are you sure? Then how are all my Linux boxes on a fully meshed FC network going to a EMC storage array right now? It must be a miracle!

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sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

No FC or multi-pathing support? Are you sure? Then how are all my Linux boxes on a fully meshed FC network going to a EMC storage array right now? It must be a miracle!


Miracle?! Linux's FC support is a nightmare: closed source drivers, binary incompatibility between minor kernel versions, vendor dependent tools, etc.

Linux needs a stable kernel ABI to be "Enterprise ready" and compete with UNIX.

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dvzt Member since:
2008-10-23

Sure I'm sure! Linux is fully dependant on FC vendor's drivers and tools, which lack performancea and are not as tightly integrated with the system. They can't compete with the support Unices have, e.g. Leadville FC stack and MPxIO in Solaris 10 which are present by default. Solaris also installs with FC drivers. (Qlogic and Emulex at least)

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