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[4]: Misleading...
by Doc Pain on Fri 24th Oct 2008 09:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Misleading..."
Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

These days it seems that if "Linux" isn't the right answer you aren't asking the right question.


I don't want to seem impolite, but some years ago, this statement, having only replaced Linux by "Windows", has been considered completely true. If you said words like Linux or BSD, people would have looked at you as if you came from another planet. You can achieve this result today by saying Solaris, or z/OS. :-)

But I think this has to be seen within the development of time. In Germany, there's still the belief that nothing exists outside "Windows", and Linux is still a kind of geek toy. But slowly, those who run server stuff have recognized the advantage that Linux can run fine where others still run commercial UNIX, and "Windows", of course.

In my opinion, there's room for everything. For many requirements, Linux is an excellent solution, but there are applications where I would prefer Solaris or one of the BSDs without any further question. This is even true for servers.

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