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InformationWeek Daily - Tuesday, Oct 23, 2007

Editor's Note

Linux Will Displace Unix When It Comes To New Apps

Gartner analyst George Weiss is predicting that applications will no longer be developed to run on Unix. This is a little like predicting the death of the mainframe -- Unix is going to be with us a long time yet -- but after looking at the Linux kernel development process, I think I know what he means.

Weiss made his prediction in September at Gartner's Open Source Summit in Las Vegas, in a talk called, "Planning A Third Generation Linux Enterprise." He said he expects that sometime in 2009, we "will have seen the last application developed specifically for Unix, after which no applications will be developed just for that operating system." He added that existing Unix applications will continue to run and get updated.

From my own perspective, after seeing the talent and effort being poured into the Linux development process, Weiss' prediction looks like a safe bet, even if the backers of HP UX, IBM's AIX, and Solaris don't see things that way. New applications will be written for Linux rather than Unix by the end 2009 because it will do 95% of the things that Unix does, and the kernel development process will be closing out the remaining differences fast.

Unix will maintain an edge in scalability until then, then Linux will catch up. Linux will excel at running on multicore chips and multiprocessor servers and at implementing virtualization. Unix has some advanced identity management and security features available to run on it, but Linux will catch up. Solaris leads in terms of system self-diagnostic capabilities, but Linux will catch up.

That doesn't mean Unix stops running sometime after 2009. On the contrary, Unix will be in operation many years from now. New applications developed for Linux will, in some cases, be easily converted to run under Unix. Weiss didn't say no new applications will run on Unix; he said new applications won't be developed with Unix as their primary target system.

What's your take on whether the days of Unix are really and truly about to pass? Leave a comment at my blog.

Charles Babcock

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