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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"... and in the desktop world, Linux has 1% market share approx and Mac OS/X (a true UNIX), has a 7% market share... "

In the US, and only in the US. Worldwide, Linux and OS X each have a market share of around 1-2%. For example, where I live, Apple penetration is very low, and online statistics for the largest sites here show OS X usage less than 1%, and even lower for Linux. I wouldn't bet on high Mac OS X usage in China, India, or other developing countries ;)

Apple is pretty US focused. And the rest of the world DOES MATTER, despite what americans might think (that's why Acer for example is one of the largest PC manufacturers) ;)

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