"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 Microsoft is peddling its outdated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
"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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