"With a subpar product in a dying market, IBM Corp. simply did
what any rational company would do--double its billion-dollar
"It was the late 1990s, and Big Blue's underperforming Unix
servers were getting pummeled by rivals such as Sun Microsystems
Inc. To make things worse, servers using desktop-computer
technology were on the rise. And many figured the halcyon days had
come and gone for proprietary Unix machines--the servers that do
much of the heavy computing for businesses such as
The Economic Times: Unix is Dead, Linux's the Future
"The end of the world is near. At last that of the Unix world.
That's the prediction of Donald Feinberg, vice-president of
Gartner. 'Linux is coming, Unix is dead.' But there's no need to
panic. Not just yet. The end is not going to come overnight or even
in next week or year, but it is certain, or as he puts it, 'an
"The complete Unix phase-out may take 10-15 years, but companies
are going to start building/developing applications around Linux as
early as , Mr Feinberg said..."
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