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Geoff Wild
Honored Contributor

Most popular Unix

I'm looking for a site/report detailing the most popular Unix. I'm currently on a site supporting HP-UX, AIX, and Solaris. Of course the AIX admins say "why would you want to use anything but AIX?"....

I found this site:

http://www.idgnet.com/english/crd_unix_493232.html

But I would like to see an installed base - that is how many servers are running HP-UX, etc...

Rgds...Geoff
Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make all your paths straight.
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Andi Rigauer
Regular Advisor

Re: Most popular Unix

ok try this , but this is only german and for linux, but it might be also very intersting
http://www.linux-magazin.de/ausgabe/2000/05/Leserumfrage/leserumfrage.html, sorry that was all i found,
but you're right it would be very interisting to know
god, root where's the difference
fg_1
Trusted Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

Geoff

Popualarity of unix is kind of based on the type of industry you are working in. Some examples of this would be financial institutions/brokerage firms & banks that prefer Sun Solaris (sorry HP).

Another example is the health care field where most client sites are using HP-UX.

3rd example is from industrial sites that preface AIX.

As you can see it's kind of a mixed bag. I am saying this from personal experience since I have worked in these 3 industries (currently healthcare).

Another factor that does enter the equation is the cost of servers, in most cases it boils down to vendor level discounts on each platform and also what platforms the applications will be supported on.

Good luck and happy hunting.
Andi Rigauer
Regular Advisor

Re: Most popular Unix

Hi Goeff,

I can only say it for the health Industry in Germany, lets say mainly the hospital were using dec Alphas, former DIGITAL then Compaq and now I think HP :)

god, root where's the difference
Craig Rants
Honored Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

I used to work in the DOD. ( I could tell a lot of secrets, but I would have to kill you ). And I touched most everything there. BSD, Linux, Solaris, HPUX, AIX, and dare I say, 3B2 (never again). Everyone had their favorites and it mostly had to do with what they were most comfortable and familar with. Everything has it's place and they all have things to like and dislike.

As far as market share I believe that it goes, Solaris, HPUX, AIX, in that order.

C
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is. " Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut
Geoff Wild
Honored Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

Thanks for the responses so far - sorry - our German admin left - so I don't have an interpreter :)

I have been an Sys/Unix Admin now for 12 years and have worked with almost all flavours of Unix (HP-UX, Aix, Solaris, Irix, BSDI, Linux, Ultrix, SCO) in various industries: Government, Hi-Tech, Geo Services, Airline, .com, and now Oil & Gas.

Except for the .com, all of those industries had HP-UX.

Rgds...Geoff

Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make all your paths straight.
Marco Paganini
Respected Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

Hello Geoff,

Try

http://www.netcraft.com

It contains statistics about webservers on the net. You can get some information about the hosts there too.

This guy here:

http://www.apostols.org/projectz/queso

Used to have a survey of operating systems on the web (including many different unix flavors), but his site is refusing connections as we speak (I don't know if it's a temporary situation)

Hope it helps,
Paga
Keeping alive, until I die.
Marco Paganini
Respected Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

Hello again Geoff,

I think this is *exactly* what you want:

http://www.leb.net/hzo/ioscount/index.html

Regards,
Paga
Keeping alive, until I die.
harry d brown jr
Honored Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

The most popular unix is anything that isn't MS!!

live free or die
harry
Live Free or Die
Geoff Wild
Honored Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

Marco, that was somewhat helpful - but it only pertains to "Internet" servers - I'm looking for overall use...IE: What is the HP-UX installed base? or how many licenses has IBM sold of AIX? etc...
Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make all your paths straight.
James R. Ferguson
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

Hi Geoff:

The link below doesn't address "popularity" but is one view of strengths and weaknesses.

http://www.computerworld.com/itresources/rcstory/0,4167,STO65636_KEY72,00.html

Regards!

...JRF...
Geoff Wild
Honored Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

James,

Hey! - That's basically the same article that I found...

Thanks just the same.

Rgds...Geoff
Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make all your paths straight.
Robin Wakefield
Honored Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

Hi,

This is an interesting article about the most sought-after skills in IT at the moment.

http://www.cw360.com/bin/bladerunner?REQUNIQ=1007657173&REQSESS=8x9GKJFF&REQHOST=site1&2131REQEVENT=&CFLAV=1&CCAT=2&CCHAN=30&CARTI=108371

Rgds, Robin.
Roger Baptiste
Honored Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

hi,

the "most popular" term is a misnomer. Unlike in the MS world, unix gives choices and choosing one unix version over the other is not strictly based on the O/S; rather it is a combination of the Company;s Hardware, service and support.

HP's hardware is reputed to be more reliable and stable than SUN and that surely counts in the finance industries where it dominates.

SUN dominates in the (now defunct) dot com market and also in the educational institutions (where they give freebees in a smart move to get young converts). HP is up in the other segments.
And last but not the least is LINUX which is getting popular in the small web server segment.

Regarding figures, last year i read somewhere that SUN had around 40% , HP in the mid 30''s and IBM following behind. But, with the demise of DoT com market, i think the figures are not the same.


raj
Take it easy.
Frank Slootweg
Honored Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

Disclaimer: Perhaps I am slightly biased! :-)

It is of course dependent on how you define "popular" (and "Unix" for that matter), but I could not resist to point you to:

http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/10dec01a.htm

"HP No.1 in Worldwide High-end and Mid-range UNIX Server Revenue"
Deshpande Prashant
Honored Contributor

Re: Most popular Unix

HI
Try this link
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http://searchhp.techtarget.com/qna/0,289202,sid6_gci786091,00.html

Here are the extracts -
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IDC released its quarterly state-of-the-server-market numbers recently and Hewlett-Packard has pulled virtually even with Sun in the Unix server space (28.5% of the market share, compared to Sun's 28.8%). HP leads the midrange and high-end Unix spaces and is gaining ground at the entry-level space
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Thanks.
Prashant.
Take it as it comes.