At some point in time, an application will eventually be replaced by a competitor. UNIX ruled the operating system market for several decades. In the early 90's, Novell and Microsoft introduced their respective operating systems and these moves eventually eroded the stranglehold UNIX once had on the market. Microsoft would emerge as a dominate player while Novell and UNIX lost market share. After several years of a largely underground movement, Linux is now poised to wrestle control of the operating system market from Microsoft. For the past three years, shipments of Linux have been growing at a phenomenal rate. According to the Aberdeen group, "Linux shipments, measured by licenses are growing more than 25% per year". Aberdeen.com (2004). This growth is faster than any other operating system. For the purpose of this paper, I intend to discuss the merits of adopting a Linux/UNIX operating system for a work site.
Cost of Linux/UNIX
The total cost of acquisition for software, hardware and additional equipment to support Linux is a very small when you look at the total cost of ownership. A three month study performed IDC found that the "TCO of Linux versus Unix, released today by analyst IDC, reveals a 45 to 80 per cent lower amount for Linux on Intel against Unix on Risc." IDC.com(2004). The UNIX platform is can be more expensive, the scalability and performance that UNIX brings to the table makes ideal for mission critical applications. Additionally, UNIX based systems are typically hardware redundant and this alone skews the numbers when attempting to perform a cost comparison. Although it is difficult to get an apples to apples comparison of the total cost of ownership between Windows, Linux and UNIX, an overriding theme in each study names Linux as the most economical and efficient platform. UNIX is slated as more costly, but the performance is unmatched. Benefits
Since Linux and UNIX runs on many different types of systems from workstations...