[sf-lug] Has Linux outgrown Unix?

Jeffrey Malone ieatlint at tehinterweb.com
Wed Oct 15 14:47:45 PDT 2008

The term UNIX as used today describes a type of OS more than an OS
unto itself, so the comparison is .. well, unusual, and may be wholly
invalid.  The "current" release of UNIX is something like 15 years

The truest form of UNIX that still has any real market share today is
Solaris, but it, like Linux, is a derivative of UNIX (albeit, a much
more UNIX-like derivative). (HP-UX and AIX fans can feel free to argue

Measuring how much "stronger" or versatile Linux is to UNIX is a joke.
 UNIX was a very expensive OS in its day, and primarily ran on
restrictive hardware platforms.  Companies developed their own
versions of it to sell with their hardware, not to market as a product

Anyway, your instructor is "correct", but comparing the two is ...
well, strange.


On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 1:50 PM,  <mendozae at sonoma.edu> wrote:
> A computer science instructor at SSU told me the Linux has become so
> strong and versatile that it has outgrown its parent OS, Unix.
> Is there anyone here who concurs or is this assertion laughable?
> Thanks,
> Edward
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