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Ed Note: This is Brian Proffitt's final contribution to Enterprise Unix Roundup. Farewell, Brian, it's been a great three years. We will all miss your candor and wit. Roundup will return next week with Paul Rubens in the pundit seat.
Reading deep-level stuff about kernels tends to make my mind wander a bit, you see.
Actually, it is a bit relevant. Following the progression of how today's Unix and Linux kernels were created made it easier to ask the next question: Where is Unix going from here?
It has long been assumed Unix is a static, leftover operating system that just clings to existing servers, waiting to be replaced. But there's a lot of money still changing hands in the Unix world, and where there's money, there's interest.
One way to face the changes brought on by a free operating system is to become free, too. OpenBSD and FreeBSD have already done it, and Sun's great OpenSolaris experiment is ongoing. I think it is reasonable to say that some time in the near future, we may get to watch similar experiments on IBM's AIX and HP's HP-UX.
More importantly, I believe every Unix vendor is going to keep looking for a new way to use its respective operating system, seeking a way to capitalize on millions of dollars and man-hours of investment.
Someday soon, I am confident that a new direction for Unix will be revealed. Will this new growth be in the enterprise? Or will it be somewhere completely different?
Here, my Magic Eight Ball can say only: "Ask Again Later."
Brian Proffitt is managing editor of JupiterWeb's Linux/Open Source channel, which includes Linux Today, LinuxPlanet, and AllLinuxDevices.
This article was first published on ServerWatch.com.