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InternetWeek: Unix: Is The OS Better Next To NT Or On It?

Mar 20, 1999, 10:26 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Oliver Rist)

"Recently I found something cool running inside Grand Central Networks' lab. A buddy had become tired of my constant Linux carping and had downloaded something new: Interix. "This nukes Linux and NT," he gloated."

"Softway Systems Inc. invented Interix (www.interix.com) to offer IT managers a better way to integrate Unix and NT. Interix appropriates the POSIX.1 module that ships with the base NT package. In its place, Softway drops Interix, which includes the Interix platform, the shell and Telnet."

"Softway System's next argument is money-based. Unix-on-RISC is expensive and proprietary. Linux is free but is still difficult to use and requires significant work to manage an application port. That Unix-on-RISC is too expensive, I can't deny. But will Interix be able to tie or beat that performance, especially in high-end applications such as rendering or CAD, while still coming in at a fraction of the cost? Certainly for some applications but not all of them. And while Linux may run separate from NT, NT costs money, whereas Linux is free. Further, Linux's hardware requirements are significantly less than NT's. Does Interix take that away? No."

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