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EETimes: Unix continues as reliable workhorse

Dec 14, 1999, 17:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Ready, Bill Weinberg)

"Rumors of the demise of the venerable Unix operating system have been greatly exaggerated. In the last 18 months, Unix-type systems have enjoyed a renaissance in the embedded, desktop and server worlds as the platform of choice for mission- and business-critical applications. Much of the resurgence of Unix arises from the adoption of Linux and the success of the open-source movement."

"A number of important technical factors conspire to make Unix-type systems attractive to today's systems designers: reliability and fault-avoidance afforded by Unix process-based memory protection; a modular, hierarchical application model; open "tinker toy" application building blocks; numerous options for distributed computing and high availability; standard networking built upon Internet Protocol; and broadly ported operating system and application code targeting off-the-shelf CPU architectures."

"Both regulatory-dictated standards and customer expectations demand high software quality and at least the intention to ship bug-free code. Much of the appeal of the open-source movement arises in direct response to the cavalier attitude of desktop software vendors toward software quality, and the higher-quality software that is crafted on top of Linux and other open Unix platforms."

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