The Unix Eulogy

Dearly beloved, we gather here today to mourn the loss of Unix, stricken down after over 40 years due to declining sales of the Unix server.  Unix will be mourned by his legal guardian Sun Microsystems and illegitimate younger brother Linux.  Now I believe BSD would like to say a few words, and Mac OS will read a poem later…

Okay, maybe it’s a bit too soon to call Unix dead, but recent financial reports mark the beginning of the end for the operating system.  Unix server revenue fell almost 24 percent in the third quarter of 2009, according to IDC.  Sun Microsystems, a huge proponent of Unix, lost $147 million in Q4 2009.  40 might be the new 30 for humans, but 40 years is ancient when it comes to computer operating systems.

Still, a poll by ComputerWorld suggests Unix still has life in it.  90% of IT Managers polled said their companies rely heavily on Unix and only 12% said they were moving away from the OS.  This suggests that Unix isn’t dead yet, but might be dying very slowly.  So with Linux and Windows anxiously awaiting the plug to be pulled, how much time is left?

Source: The Inquirer


Geoffrey Golden

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