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[News] Linux Honoured for Challenging Intellectual Monopolies; UNIX Replaced

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Linux Creator Linus Torvalds, Others Honored In Silicon Valley

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| The Computer History Museum on Tuesday night honored three legends in the 
| industry, including Linux creator Linus Torvalds, whose operating system 
| became the catalyst for the open source software movement that challenged 
| traditional concepts of intellectual property.   


Linux's Next Victim  

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| UNIX is a ship very slowly letting in water. The rats aren't about to abandon 
| it quite yet, but they are certainly checking where the life vests are 
| stored.  
| The cause of the leak is Linux. UNIX may account for about a third of the 
| server market, but its upstart cousin is slowly but surely eating in to that 
| share. It's not that there's anything wrong with UNIX — far from it. It's 
| just that Linux is becoming increasingly capable of doing the less-demanding 
| tasks that UNIX has historically been asked to do.     



Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."


Red Hat Linux trumps Unix on TPC price/performance test

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| In a recent independent test, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 Advanced
| Platform trumped all other operating systems that process more than 1 million
| transactions per minute -- and at 22% lower cost than its next closest
| competitor.


Isn't Linux just UNIX under a different name?

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| Yet, the bottom line is Linux is not UNIX. Make no mistake. Linux was not
| derived from the original program code and it is not subject to any UNIX
| licensing arrangement (some may say constraint.) In fact, Linux is not
| legally able to call itself UNIX (and incidentally, neither is BSD anymore.)
| No, despite the affection long-timers in the industry might have for UNIX
| there’s no denying Linux has taken on a life of its own and is driving modern
| development faster than any proprietary team. In a twist of fate, Linux poses
| a challenge to the mighty Microsoft whose server-based operating systems led
| pundits to question the viability of UNIX just two decades ago.
| Linux ain’t UNIX. And in fact Linux has left UNIX behind. The UNIX name has
| become bogged down with fragmented development and legal battles making it a
| shell of its former self. Linux is the new UNIX, it alone is the embodiment
| of the elegant design and hacker spirit that UNIX originally represented.

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