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VNU NET: NT professionals in demand after Linux splits Unix camp

Aug 27, 1999, 16:28 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nick Farrell)

"Last week recruitment research company MMS, which compiled the figures from job advertisements in newspapers and magazines, noted that interest in Unix experts had slumped by more than 35 per cent in the last 12 months."

"This figure is staggering. Microsoft is peddling its outdated Windows NT4, a product it has been promising to replace for months. By rights, Unix systems should be extremely popular for customers who do not want to opt for Microsoft or who want a more scalable high-end system."

"But this hasn't happened, some say because the disciples of Unix have been locked in a religious war with the acolytes of its latest open-standard creation, Linux. It's a civil war that some punters predict Linux will win. "Unix is static," says Simon Moores of the Windows NT forum. "Its market has been well and truly diluted by Linux. Companies that would normally have opted for Unix solutions are opting for Linux instead."

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