Recently, for the first time ever, Microsoft's server shipment numbers surpassed those of Unix. Soon, however, Microsoft is going to be asking its server customers to switch to Longhorn Server, the next version of its Windows Server, which is due in 2007. Will they switch? Can Unix make a comeback? Can Linux overtake them all?
Unix and Windows data-center market share remain neck-and-neck, according to most analysts, but many in IT perceive Unix and Linux innovation as slowing to a crawl. We interviewed representatives from Apple, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Novell, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems who were eager to challenge that perception by highlighting areas in which their Unix OSs are breaking new ground.
In January of this year, allegations were levied against ReactOS that some code may well have been inappropriately taken from Windows NT and found its way into the open source clone. In response the ReactOS development team stopped development and downloads and began a detailed audit of their code base.
THE Unix operating system (OS) is among the "soft" components in the computer that has a colourful history journey. Although its story started as early as the 1960s, it was only in the 80s that it started to serve as the OS for the real digital world. At the early stages, AT&T developed the Unix System III as a commercial version and sold the product directly, with the first version being launched in 1982.
Another post about the Lone Gunmen. Watching carefully the computer screen depicted in the last episode, it seemed to be a bit more ellaborated than your average HollywoodOS (which usually has a green 1200/75 terminal that beeps at each received character along with a spinning wireframe 3D model and a progress bar). The Gunmen OS (which I suspect is in fact MacOS 9 with Kaleidoscope) is a bit different:
I'm sure we will see Windows running on a Mactel... someday. It may be when Vista finally shows up, since it should run with EFI, or perhaps when they get Virtual PC 8 out, but long, long before then, we'll be able to run Linux and Mac OS X on the same Mactel box.
Open-Xchange, Inc. today announced it has hired former IDC System Software Vice President Daniel M. Kusnetzky as executive vice president, Marketing Strategy, responsible for corporate and marketing strategy worldwide effective February 1.
Microsoft says Windows Vista, its new client operating system, will be out in time for the 2006 holiday season. Novell and Red Hat will continue to try to crack Microsoft's domination on the desktop and server with new releases.
There was a season. The Linux, Mac and Windows operating systems of 2005 are characterized by diversity, openness and innovation.
IT organizations usually stay loyal to the OS choices they make, but every once in a while, vendors and projects yield a bumper crop of OSes so compelling that the strength of ties binding IT to their chosen operating systems are tested.
Stuart C Wells joined Sun Microsystems in 1988 and has served in a number of key management positions. After 24 years in the industry, Wells holds five US patents in multimedia, video, 3D graphics and imaging, and has numerous international publications.
BeleniX is a *NIX distribution that is built using the OpenSolaris source base. It is currently a live CD but is intended to grow into a complete distribution that can be installed to hard disk. BeleniX is developed at the India Engineering Centre of Sun Microsystems in Bangalore, the silicon capital of India.
Yesterday saw IBM cease the sale of the OS/2 Operating system. Come the 31st of December, standard support for the OS will end also. However, a significant number of companies and people continue to use it, and they are finding ways for OS/2 to live on.
In a recent so-called Desktop Linux versus Windows XP shootout, writer George Ou declares that "Microsoft handily beat the open source platform." The basis for this judgment? "OS boot time and application load times" on two different PCs. Oh, dear. This isn't right at all.
For the first time non-English speaking Nepalis who were excluded can now use the computer not just for word processing but for database, spreadsheets, layout, inernet and email also. And they have two alternatives to choose from: Windows XP or Linux.
Unix isn't a flashy market. But what distinction there is has been going to Sun Microsystems lately, by making its Unix-based Solaris operating system available as open-source software. Last week, IBM moved to put its AIX Unix operating system back on everybody's radar by revealing plans to create a development center on its Austin, Texas, campus to speed up AIX development.
Shivani Shinde delves into the enterprise software market where 64-bit offerings from Microsoft, Red Hat and Novell are starting to take on commercial Unix.