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Encompass: The Future of UNIX--A View from HP

Jul 28, 2003, 22:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry C. Shannon)

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"What goes around, comes around: the emergence of two youthful--a mere decade-old--operating systems, Linux and Windows, has a large number of press and analyst pundits declaring UNIX dead. As you'll see, nothing could be further from the truth. UNIX is a dominant force in enterprise computing, and almost certainly will enjoy continued growth and success in important, mission-critical, margin-rich market niches...

"But what of Linux, a 'free operating system' that exemplifies Open Source and is able to leverage the world's largest and cheapest fully distributed OS development environment? Granted, Linux lowers cost of ownership and reduces IT footprint by running on everything from iPAQ Pocket PCs to IBM mainframes, HP Superdomes and HP Marvel partitions, and enjoys a sweet spot in the uniprocessor through quadprocessor industry standard IA32 & IA64 architecture market (which, combined with HP's Linux Program Office, renders Linux $2 billion per year and rapidly growing business for HP)..."

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