Encompass: The Future of UNIX--A View from HP
Jul 28, 2003, 22:00 (13 Talkback[s])
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"What goes around, comes around: the emergence of two
youthful--a mere decade-old--operating systems, Linux and Windows,
has a large number of press and analyst pundits declaring UNIX
dead. As you'll see, nothing could be further from the truth. UNIX
is a dominant force in enterprise computing, and almost certainly
will enjoy continued growth and success in important,
mission-critical, margin-rich market niches...
"But what of Linux, a 'free operating system' that exemplifies
Open Source and is able to leverage the world's largest and
cheapest fully distributed OS development environment? Granted,
Linux lowers cost of ownership and reduces IT footprint by running
on everything from iPAQ Pocket PCs to IBM mainframes, HP Superdomes
and HP Marvel partitions, and enjoys a sweet spot in the
uniprocessor through quadprocessor industry standard IA32 &
IA64 architecture market (which, combined with HP's Linux Program
Office, renders Linux $2 billion per year and rapidly growing
business for HP)..."