[TUHS] System Economics (was is Linux "officially branded UNIX")
clemc at ccc.com
Wed Mar 15 00:43:51 AEST 2017
On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 7:35 AM, Tim Bradshaw <tfb at tfeb.org> wrote:
> But the people who have spent 9-figure sums on all this
> marginally-functional tin that the Unix vendors foisted on them don't
> look at it that way: they just want something which is not Unix, and
> which runs on cheap tin.
Fair enough -- but I think that this is really another way of describing
Prof. Christiansen's disruption theory. The "lessor" technology wins
over "better" technology because it's good enough.
I'm curious for the Banks, in your experience - which were the UNIX vendors
that were pushing 9-figure UNIX boxes. I'll guess, IBM was one of them.
Maybe NCR. What HP, Sun, DEC in that bundle?
> Linux is not Unix, and runs on cheap tin.
the point you are making is that "white box" PC's running a UNIX-like
system - aka Linux could comes pretty close to doing what the highly touted
AIX, NCR et al were doing and were "good enough" to get the job done.
And that's not a statement about UNIX as much as a statement about, the
WINTEL ecosystem, that Linux sat on top of and did an extremely impressive
job of utilizing.
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