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SD Times: Linux to Overtake Unix, Leapfrog Windows, Analyst Says

Jul 17, 2003, 17:30 (20 Talkback[s])
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"Linux will soon overtake Unix as the operating system of choice for several major enterprise segments, including high-performance computing, carrier-grade and mission-critical systems, and database hosting. That's according to a paper published in June by research firm Aberdeen Group Inc.

"Bill Claybrook, author of the study, said the main reasons for this movement are price and performance. 'Linux servers on industry-standard Intel- and AMD-based architectures are much less expensive than RISC/Unix servers and offer significant price/performance advantages,' between 10 and 40 times, he said. Also contributing is broad availability of 64-bit processors from both AMD and Intel, as well as support for 16-way processing in the operating system, though the 8-way hardware hasn't quite caught up yet.

"Another factor spurring Linux adoption, Claybrook said, is a trend away from proprietary systems. 'Users are in a hurry to rid [themselves] of the locked-in feeling that accompanies proprietary OSes and hardware,' he said, adding that Unix-based middleware is easily ported to Linux..."

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