• The last days of Unix

    Posted August 19, 2013 - 9:44 am

    After a 30-year run, once dominant server OS gets 86ed by x86es.
  • Computer de-evolution: Features that lost the evolutionary war

    Posted May 26, 2011 - 8:00 am

    Today's tools may be more powerful, but many lack some useful features of their forebears. In the world before popular and simple displaced complex and useful there were such things as clicky keyboards with programmable function keys, text editors would bend to your will, and scrollbars could do more than just drag.
  • Unix at 40: Hanging on despite strong Linux, Windows challenges

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 12:23 pm

    The middle-aged OS is not expected to die any time soon, just slowly fade away
  • Unix turns 40: The past, present and future of a revolutionary OS

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 10:16 am

    Forty years ago this summer, a programmer sat down and knocked out in one month what would become one of the most important pieces of software ever created.
  • On the shoulders of giants: Three Unix movers and shakers

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 10:11 am

    As with most important technologies, it's the people who follow the pioneers who often make the difference between a fabulous lab prototype and a technology that really transforms the landscape. Here's a brief look at three people, among thousands, who have made a difference in the Unix world.
  • Timeline: 40 years of Unix

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 10:08 am

    Ever wonder about how Unix got started, not to mention all the twists and turns it took along the way? Here are some milestones of the operating system's four-decade-long history.
  • Timeline: 40 years of OS milestones

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Happy birthday, 40th birthday Unix -- you're looking great for your age. With your birth as our starting point, then, let's look at the biggest desktop OS milestones of the past 40 years.
  • 10 operating systems the world left behind

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    As the tech community gears up to celebrate Unix's 40th birthday this summer, one thing is clear: People do love operating systems. They rely on them, get exasperated by them and live with their little foibles. If that's not the basis of a lasting love, I don't know what is. So today we honor a handful of the most memorable operating systems and interfaces that have graced our desktops over the years.
  • Myths, gods, and titanic disasters: How servers really get their names

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    Want a server to last forever? Name it Belgarath.
  • Replacing high-end Unix with enterprise Linux? Not so fast.

    Posted November 25, 2008 - 11:17 am

    Migrating from high-end Unix-based systems to commodity x86/Linux platforms has been a popular idea for the last few years, at least in theory. But it turns out that not everyone thinks going full-on with Linux is the best solution -- at least not yet.
  • Is Sun Solaris on its deathbed?

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 3:09 pm

    Linux is enjoying growth, with a contingent of devotees too large to be called a cult following at this point. Solaris, meanwhile, has thrived as a longstanding, primary Unix platform geared to enterprises. But with Linux the object of all the buzz in the industry, can Sun's rival Solaris Unix OS hang on, or is it destined to be displaced by Linux altogether?
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