Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2005 18:37 UTC, submitted by Robert Escue
IBM Unix isn't a flashy market. But what distinction there is has been going to Sun Microsystems lately, by making its Unix-based Solaris operating system available as open-source software. Last week, IBM moved to put its AIX Unix operating system back on everybody's radar by revealing plans to create a development center on its Austin, Texas, campus to speed up AIX development.
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One size fits all?
by jonas.kirilla on Tue 20th Dec 2005 21:29 UTC
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2005-07-11

Why has everything got to be about Linux? Why should we replace the Microsoft monoculture with a GNU/Linux monoculture?

Linux dominationists share the "one world order" mindset with the Microsoft diehards.

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RE: One size fits all?
by on Tue 20th Dec 2005 21:55 in reply to "One size fits all?"
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Linux dominationists share the "one world order" mindset with the Microsoft diehards.

Well said.

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RE: One size fits all?
by Celerate on Tue 20th Dec 2005 22:31 in reply to "One size fits all?"
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2005-06-29

I don't see GNU/Linux as a monoculture. The open nature of the software means that it can be modified to no end without paying royalties and entirely different software can result from that. If anything GNU/Linux makes it easier to create diversity.

"Why should we replace the Microsoft monoculture with a GNU/Linux monoculture?"

As I said above, my standpoint is that Linux is not a monoculture. I'm also intrigued at how you could imply that a Windows monoculture is any better than a "GNU/Linux monoculture", at least with Linux competition isn't crushed illegally as soon as it poses a threat.

"Linux dominationists share the "one world order" mindset with the Microsoft diehards."

Don't mistake the odd overzealous fan with the entire community, I for one welcome different operating systems but still preffer Linux. In no way am I contributing to killing off other operating systems and in no way do I invision a world with only one operating system, no matter what it is.

In my home there is no monoculture, there are Windows boxes and Linux boxes all safely behind a router and with individual firewalls on each machine to boot. I would even like to add at least one Mac to my home network when I have enough money to justify the expense.

Besides, the reason people asked why IBM wasn't investing in Linux instead was because AIX wasn't mentioned in so long the assumption was that IBM had already dropped it, and IBM has put a lot of support into Linux so it was assumed that IBM had chosen Linux as a replacement.

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RE[2]: One size fits all?
by Simba on Tue 20th Dec 2005 23:06 in reply to "RE: One size fits all?"
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2005-10-08

" at least with Linux competition isn't crushed illegally as soon as it poses a threat."

Yeah... In Linux competition is only crushed by the fact that they have to compete with something that is free. But for some reason, it seems to be ok that Linux drives commercial competetion down the toilet, but it is not ok for Microsoft to do the same thing. Don't you think there is a bit of a double-standard going here?

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RE: One size fits all?
by on Tue 20th Dec 2005 22:44 in reply to "One size fits all?"
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Linux can't become a monoculture.

it would require far to much. As long as there is at least one distribution per country there will never be a monoculture strong enough to spread viruses like windows does. There are far to many subtle variations in each one for such an event to occur.

Besides with Linux any company could produce a unique OS to go with their computer hardware. Optimized for that hardware, Like Apple Does for OS X. Dell and Linspire, HP and novell, Red Hat and Levono.

that would produce a long term viable hardware market. Unlike the current offerings where hardware makers get 1-2% profit and mSFT gets 400% because bill Gates says hardware should be free. Even though it costs more to produce a million PC's than it costs to produce a million copies of Windows.

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RE: One size fits all?
by on Wed 21st Dec 2005 12:47 in reply to "One size fits all?"
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Oh you mean redhat. I hate redhat, too.

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