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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RE: AIX is still alive?
by CodeMonkey on Wed 21st Dec 2005 17:55 UTC in reply to "AIX is still alive?"
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IBM is not too concerned with the home market. They abandoned their home PC line a few years ago and are strictly business machines now. That said, the business market is what AIX is for. MacTel machines seem to be geared much more towards the home-user though which is not the market AIX is geared for. Also the architectures and directions for POWER and x86 chips seem to be taking vastly different directions. x86 is heading more towards higher efficiency at lower clock speeds where POWER is going much more twoards very high clock speeds (POWER6 is supposed to be ~5-5.5 GHz). This could present some incredible challenges in OS design if trying to optimize for vastly different CPU performance scenarios.

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