Why is Linux more popular than UNIX?

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Why is Linux more popular than UNIX?

Postby brawnypandora0 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:09 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercompu ... ng_systems

It seems that the ratio on the graph is true for Linux to UNIX user ratio for non-Windows and Mac OS users too. What's the most popular UNIX distribution, and why are so few people using UNIX?

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Re: Why is Linux more popular than UNIX?

Postby randomizer » Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:58 pm

Apart from Linux and *BSD, most UNIX implementations are proprietary and very expensive. That's pretty much it.

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Re: Why is Linux more popular than UNIX?

Postby jesica » Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:09 am

Jip, it is way expensive for most of us

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Re: Why is Linux more popular than UNIX?

Postby unexistance » Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:15 pm


It is popular in 'super computer' a.k.a research fields as it is open-source (can be modified to your liking).

As for other fields, you can see a different landscape :D

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Re: Why is Linux more popular than UNIX?

Postby LongRider » Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:22 pm

The most popular would likely be PC-BSD according to http://distrowatch.com/ with OpenBSD lagging behind.

Unix was always an expensive OS used mainly on supercomputers (schools, government, etc). The Unix (BSD) community tends to be smaller than the Linux communities and usually lags behind in features as a result. I have used PC-BSD and OpenBSD and both worked just fine, but I find Linux easier and the Linux communities (especially Mint!!!) much more friendly and helpful.
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