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NewsForge: Comparing Linux and AIX

Jul 23, 2004, 03:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Iain Roberts)

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"Linux can learn valuable lessons from its elder cousins in the enterprise, the proprietary Unixes from the likes of IBM, Sun, and HP. Those operating systems, in turn, can learn some lessons from Linux. Comparing the features of the more enterprise-ready Linux distros with AIX, one of the leading proprietary Unixes, helps identify some of those lessons.

"AIX was developed primarily for administrators, whereas Linux has been developed for and by hackers. Right from the start, a key goal of commercial Unixes is to make things easy for the people running them (though they don't always succeed). Only recently has this been a major factor in the Linux world. Some deficiencies can be fixed with improved tools, while others are more fundamental to the operating systems..."

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