SD Times: Linux to Overtake Unix, Leapfrog Windows, Analyst Says
Jul 17, 2003, 17:30 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward J. Correia)
[ Thanks to Matt for
this link. ]
"Linux will soon overtake Unix as the operating system of choice
for several major enterprise segments, including high-performance
computing, carrier-grade and mission-critical systems, and database
hosting. That's according to a paper published in June by research
firm Aberdeen Group Inc.
"Bill Claybrook, author of the study, said the main reasons for
this movement are price and performance. 'Linux servers on
industry-standard Intel- and AMD-based architectures are much less
expensive than RISC/Unix servers and offer significant
price/performance advantages,' between 10 and 40 times, he said.
Also contributing is broad availability of 64-bit processors from
both AMD and Intel, as well as support for 16-way processing in the
operating system, though the 8-way hardware hasn't quite caught up
"Another factor spurring Linux adoption, Claybrook said, is a
trend away from proprietary systems. 'Users are in a hurry to rid
[themselves] of the locked-in feeling that accompanies proprietary
OSes and hardware,' he said, adding that Unix-based middleware is
easily ported to Linux..."