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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Technically
by ebasconp on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 19:44 UTC
ebasconp
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2006-05-09

AFAIK, Linux does not provide an API to publish the information in /proc programmatically. If I want to handle such information in my program, I must parse the output and process it. AIX provides a C API to do such stuff.

The Linux kernel API for drivers is not backward compatible.... If I have a driver for, let's say, Linux 2.6.10, it probably will not work in my Linux 2.6.27 ... Solaris drivers written for old OS versions are still working in the bleeding edge builds of Solaris and OpenSolaris.

DTrace, ZFS or HAMMER (the DragonFlyBSD filesystem) are being developed in UNIXes. Quartz and Aqua are developed on top of Darwin, the BSD heart of MacOS X.

So, several great technologies or features present in the UNIXes are still missing in Linux... I do not understand the "tone" of the article showing the superiority of Linux over its "ancient" and "old" ancestors.

Edited 2008-10-23 19:48 UTC

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RE: Technically
by turrini on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 20:22 in reply to "Technically"
turrini Member since:
2006-10-31

It's not because it isn't the way you expect actually, but Linux is making progressive and great progress today.

Just wait and see the revolution.

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