Applications for Proprietary Unix Becoming Extinct

Sep 28, 2007

Analyst George Weiss claims that no new applications will be developed exclusively for proprietary Unix after 2009.

Weiss made this statement at the annual Open Source Conference by market researchers, Gartner. "I expect that, around 2009, we will have seen the last application developed specifically for Unix, after which no applications will be developed just for that operating system, though updates to existing applications will continue for some time to come."

The Gartner analyst expects a slow decline in Unix on server systems, too. The reason for this is the continuing success of Linux worldwide. Integrated virtualization solutions, that make Linux systems interesting for applications beyond the Web, have speeded up the decline of Unix. It is still to be expected that the process will take awhile, after all Open Source proponents such as IBM still offer their own commercial Unix systems, but there will be no stopping the gradual squeeze out.

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