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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RE[3]: speed gain?
by segedunum on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 21:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: speed gain?"
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Was the zope stuff you saw related to the Zope on Solaris stuff I did?

Probably related to it, but not that specific instance. There was mumblings for quite a few years slightly before and after that, but neither the Zope nor the Python developers had the inclination to try and work out what was going on. How could they? They didn't have access to SPARCs and weren't particularly interested in troubleshooting what was a closed OS, and still is in many areas. They wrote code and compiled primarily on Linux systems, and Windows ran fine. I seem to remember a Sun consultant's answer somewhere was to compile with Forte. Not helpful.

I do hope OpenSolaris will help with this and Sun will put more effort into getting lots of open source code out there to work. It's been a long time coming.

This was why I was so excited when Sun started x86 servers

Yes, at last ;-). The trouble was that it has taken a long time to trust Sun's commitment to Solaris on x86. I still haven't forgiven them for trashing Cobalt and their Cubes, and it is disappointing to think of the success they could have had in that area and the money to be made. Many small businesses had those systems that could never have afforded Sun kit.

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