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Two on the Predicted Fate of Unix

Nov 14, 2002, 19:00 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Krill, Dominic Tonner)

OracleWorld: Is Commercial Unix Odd Man Out?

"Oracle's plans to run its entire business on Linux would mean displacing commercial Unix systems, including the Solaris operating system that is a crown jewel of its longtime partner Sun Microsystems.

"Two Oracle officials at the OracleWorld conference here on Wednesday, Jamshed Patel, senior manager in the Oracle Linux Program Office, and Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president of database and application server technologies, acknowledged the intentions of the company to run its entire business on Linux.

"The intention of Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison is to move all the company's systems to Linux by the 2003-2004 timeframe, said Mendelsohn. Asked if this means displacing Solaris Sun systems already in place at Oracle, Mendelsohn replied, 'Today, our production database runs on Sun and Hewlett-Packard, so you can say what you want...'"

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Infoconomy: Michael Dell: Linux Will Replace High-End Unix

"Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Computer, last night launched a scathing attack on Unix systems, saying that open source-based servers will come to dominate even at the high end of the market.

"'The days of proprietary Unix as the only platform capable of running mission-critical applications are rapidly ending,' Michael Dell told thousands of delegates at Oracle's user conference in San Francisco, California..."

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