Home > Unix > IBM First To Recieve UNIX 2003 Certification IBM First To Recieve UNIX 2003 Certification Eugenia Loli 2004-10-23 Unix 9 Comments Last Wednesday, IBM’s AIX was the first to recieve the UNIX 2003 certification from The Open Group, beating out Sun, HP, SCO and the rest. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 9 Comments 2004-10-23 9:31 pm Didn’t know it was a race… 2004-10-23 11:24 pm 2003 is like so last year. Like HTML 4 is so 1997. If SCO get’s certified, does that mean Linux becomes certified automatically? Considering there is so much of SCO’s code in Linux and all… not :p I wonder if MacOSX is eligible… I know they market it as Unix, but does a micro BSD kernel count? 2004-10-24 12:23 am The Unix standard is somewhat like the Posix standard in that it sets a number of interfaces and api’s that are required. Therefore a OS can pass the Unix certification and not have one bit of original unix code in it (or it doesn’t matter wether it’s microkernel or monolithic) last time i heard OS/400 is certified ( think Unix95 though it could be Unix93) 2004-10-24 1:11 am To my knowledge, early builds of Windows NT were POSIX/UNIX certifiable… 2004-10-24 2:32 am Why does it matter whom get’s it first? anyway, what matters is that people are certifying their OS’s to meet standards. and open standards is what counts 2004-10-24 3:16 pm Open Group certification has much less relevancy nowadays. However, having UNIX 2003 certification for AIX couldn’t hurt IBM’s cause in trying to counter all the ridiculous FUD and smear coming from Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz and Scott McNealy. Now IBM can say, “Oh yeah, if Solaris is so hot, why isn’t Unix certified?”. When all is said and done, Solaris is probably a stronger Unix than AIX is, and Sun’s R&D $$ for Solaris is much larger than IBM’s for AIX is. However, AIX is fully capable and is still a very viable platform, in spirt of the drivel coming from Sun’s mouths. It’s just that IBM is mostly platform nuetral. If you want AIX on Power, no problem. If you want Linux on Intel, no problem. If you want Windows on your laptop, no problem. By contrast Sun is “It’s Solaris or nothing – everything else sucks!”. 2004-10-24 6:51 pm Isn’t it a common saying that AIX stands for “AIn’t uniX?” 2004-10-26 3:19 am Actually, It’s already certified but not under 2003 yet–but it will occur. Also when you say “It’s Solaris or nothing – everything else sucks!”. I think your wrong. For instance, sun has certified many of their x86 servers to run windows and they also distribute some popular linux flavors with their servers too. Since Schwartz took over operations.. Sun’s attitude is ‘If you want solaris we can help you! it’s the best and its great! If you want to run something else, thats fine it’s supported as long as you give us money for your server we could care less!’ 2004-10-26 3:28 am I see you were at a IBM user group meeting this weekend. Thanks for the marketing rehash.