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InternetWeek: Operating Systems - A Battle-Proven x86 Unix

Apr 04, 2000, 18:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Zeichick)


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"Of late, three microcomputer operating systems have captured the popular mind share: Windows NT, Linux and Solaris. Others like the tenacious OS/2 Warp Server have fallen out of broad favor, while plucky upstarts like BeOS have been relegated to specialist roles. But what about the stable of tried-and-true Unix alternatives? They're still around, and destined to play an important role for a long time to come. That's certainly true of the venerable BSD Unix distribution, which has been recently updated with a new BSD/OS kernel and a new identity from Colorado Springs-based Berkeley Software Design Inc. (BSDI) as an "Internet Super Server."

"In this review, we're not going to delve down into the "geeky" aspects of BSD/OS 4.1-we'll leave that to the Unix enthusiasts, as they scour the source code for interesting tidbits. Instead, we'll look at this revised operating system as a business solution. In brief, we found it to be an excellent server operating system, clearly more appropriate for providing traditional file/print, network services and Web page hosting for shops with experienced Unix/BSD systems administrators. It's not the right solution for new customers wishing to migrate to the Unix environment with only a background in Windows or NetWare, or who are looking for the broad Internet industry support found in Solaris or Linux."

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