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It's Most Certainly Not The End of the OS

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elevenislouder.blogspot: In a recent article over at MyBroadband, Alastair Otter says that the end of the OS is nigh. I couldn't disagree more.

Linux vs. UNIX

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ciol.com: Although many still consider UNIX the best option for high-demand applications, the technical differences between Linux and UNIX are "going to be pretty minimal" going forward, argued Gartner analyst George Weiss in a recent report.

Evolution of the Operating System

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mrpogson.com: In Nature, we believe that diversity of living things allows the survival of the fittest to gradually change the ecosystem as conditions change. This is happening in information technology.

The Unix revolution

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arstechnica.com: This November, the Unix community has another notable anniversary to celebrate: the 40th birthday of the first edition of Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie's Unix Programmers Manual, released in November 1971.

Test Driving GNU Hurd, With Benchmarks Against Linux

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phoronix.com: Last week there was a GNU Hurd status update, which generated a fair amount of attention as it stated there are plans for a Debian GNU/Hurd release in conjunction with Debian "Wheezy" when it's out in late 2012 or early 2013.

Browser Wars: Usage stats

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Software
  • Browser Wars: Usage stats for June 2011
  • That Other OS is Sinking Fast
  • The safest web browser?

A look at: MikeOS 4.1.1 – A barebones OS written totally in Assembly

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openbytes.wordpress: Today we are looking briefly at MikeOS which is a rather unusual project and at the same time one with plenty of scope and rather exciting for those who really do wish to try their hand at coding.

Why I'm smarter than an Open Source surrender monkey

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zdnet.com: Many Open Source advocates have turned into Open Source pragmatists. That doesn’t mean we’ve surrendered. We’ve evolved.

Unix still data center darling, says survey

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theregister.co.uk: Unix systems may not be all the rage that they were two decades ago, but in nearly eight out of 10 data centers based on them, their use is either holding steady or increasing.

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This ends up being a pain in the neck in the x86 world, but it could be much worse. Way back in 2008 I wrote something about why the Linux kernel reports itself to firmware as "Windows" but refuses to identify itself as Linux. The short version is that "Linux" doesn't actually identify the behaviour of the kernel in a meaningful way. "Linux" doesn't tell you whether the kernel can deal with buffers being passed when the spec says it should be a package. "Linux" doesn't tell you whether the OS knows how to deal with an HPET. "Linux" doesn't tell you whether the OS can reinitialise graphics hardware. Read more