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InformationWeek: IBM And Sun Duke It Out Over Linux

Apr 26, 2001, 14:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin J. Garvey)

Whither Unix? If this article has it right, the inheritors of the mantle and the two platforms that will keep Unix (in the generic) viable through this decade are IBM's Linux-friendly AIX 5L and Sun's Solaris 8.

Curiously, Caldera/SCO's OpenUnix has gone missing from the list. It's an omission that might not seem so strange if the article didn't specifically mention management tools as a key issue in the battle between the two: something we've been hearing a lot from Caldera about in the form of Volution.

"IBM and Sun unveiled new versions of their Unix operating systems this week. Just like the children's game Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, the two computing behemoths seem locked in a battle, trying to knock each other's block off. The latest fight is in the management-capability arena."

"The vendors' upgrades should help customers enough that Unix could remain a viable operating system throughout the decade. IBM has unveiled AIX 5L and Sun has unveiled the fourth update to its Solaris 8 Operating Environment. Currently, Sun leads IBM in the Unix server market."

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