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Melbourne uni drops Unix for Linux

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The University of Melbourne's University Systems Project is set to undergo its largest transformation since its launch four years ago with the core Unix systems to be replaced by Linux by the end of the year.

The current system was built with Alpha-based HP Tru64 Unix systems, which will be supported until 2011, but will be migrated to Red Hat Linux on Intel servers as soon as October, according to the university's test team leader John Soper.

While uncertain as to what type of server hardware will be used, Soper said some trial machines are already in place.

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