SRO: 21st Century UnixMar 17, 2000, 15:59 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
"Unix is hot again. who would have thought it? Bill Gates can pontificate all he wants about how Windows 2000 'goes beyond what you could ever do with a single [Unix] box,' but the fact is that Unix on Intel servers (and niche desktops) makes sound financial and technology sense."
"Many people think that Unix's revival is all due to Linux. In a sense, they're right. But it's not so much Linux per se, or even open source; it's the fact that Linux has brought Unix unification."
"Longtime Intel Unix resellers know that Unix's worst enemy has always been itself. Specifically, the problem is Unix fragmentation. In the previous Unix heyday, there were more Unix vendors than there are BSD and Linux vendors. Dell Computer even had its own house-brand Unix. But no vendor's programs would work on another's operating system. Add industry consortiums that pit the Unix companies against one another, and Intel Unix became a niche player. Only SCO survived (Sun Microsystems' Solaris on Intel appears to be on its last legs)."