"Unix appeared more than two decades ago, promising an open
alternative to the proprietary computer systems of the day. The
operating system spawned the workstation market, helped make stars
out of companies such as Sun Microsystems, and hastened the decline
of minicomputers and their platform-specific operating systems.
"Today, however, it is Unix's turn to face the challenge of an
open alternative. Open-source Linux, a Unix-like operating system,
already has a solid hold in many scientific and technical computing
centers. Linux and the broader open-source movement now seek to
penetrate more mainstream settings..."
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