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eWeek: The Status of Unix

Jan 03, 2005, 14:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

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Windows, Linux Squeeze Unix

"Linux distributions continue to amass on the border of Windows Server's enterprise territory, but top executives at Microsoft Corp. are not blinking. That's because the real battle for software growth this year, they say, will center on low-cost, high-volume x86 hardware and drawing enterprises away from proprietary Unix.

"Officials for the Redmond, Wash., company contend that Microsoft is more than holding its own against proprietary Unix flavors such as Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris, IBM's AIX and Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP-UX. Part of that confidence stems from the numbers..."

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Unix Vendors Target Each Other

"Large Unix vendors are spending as much time disparaging one another as they are dealing with the threat to their businesses from Windows and open-source Linux.

"Leading the war of words is Sun Microsystems Inc., of Santa Clara, Calif., and its chief operating officer and president, Jonathan Schwartz, who has set his sights on IBM, which offers AIX, and Hewlett-Packard Co., with its HP-UX. The situation has been heating up since the summer, when IBM and HP announced new solutions to help customers and ISVs migrate from SPARC/Solaris to Linux..."

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