Linux is king *nix of the data center—but Unix may live on forever

“People expect that Unix will go away like turning a light switch, and it simply won’t happen that way,” IDC Research Vice President Jean Bozman told Ars. “This decline should taper to some level. I don’t think we’re there yet, but it’s going to hit a level where those core workloads are going to be refreshed, and there are net new customers as well. We don’t expect [Unix] to disappear at all, and we haven’t hit the number where it’s going to plateau yet.”