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Computerworld: Q&A: U.S. Northern Command's CIO Calls Unix 'The Betamax of Software'

Oct 30, 2003, 01:00 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lucas Mearian, Don Tennant)

"Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, CIO and director of architecture and integration for the U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, was this morning's opening speaker here at the Storage Networking World conference...

"You said in your presentation that you see Unix as the 'Betamax of software.' Does that mean it has no place in your IT environment? It currently has a place, and in fact we do use Unix on several of the DOD systems. My thought behind Unix is the march of technology is what has made Unix less and less relevant. The Y2k rollover, in fact, killed lots of Unix. There are a finite number of Unix engineers and software writers in the world, and it is not big enough to support the information technology demands not only of our society, but of the world's economies in general. It costs a lot to train somebody; it takes many years to get them educated. It takes even more for them to get experience so that you can use them, when in fact a lot of software engineering and design is a lot less complicated and in my view will outpace Unix..."

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