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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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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