RE: is Unix dead?

Yaron Goland (
Mon, 2 Feb 1998 17:08:31 -0800

Imminent Death of the Internet Predicted!!!!!


P.S. Sorry, had to do it, it was a moral imperative. =)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: spunkanado []
> Sent: Monday, February 02, 1998 11:23 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: is Unix dead?
> Since entering in to the wonderfull world of systems and computers I have
> heard the death knells for many things. CPM is dead VMS is dead OS2 is
> dead James Brown is dead .....
> Sometimes folks are right, in the case of os2 it was less like death and
> more like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.( a great name for a Norwegian
> Death Metal band if ever I heard one, and I have.)
> But UNix?
> If there has been one steady pillar of sameness in all my dealing with
> computers and systems, in all the universities I pretended to attend so
> that I can gloum up net time, of all the claims made and claims let
> drop...the Death of Unix has got to be the one that gets raised the most
> and droped in due course.
> Mostly, from the past patterns of this deabtes life, it seems to be some
> one who is touting a New OS, something radical and neat and keen and can
> clean your oven with little or no fumes straighten your collar whiten and
> brighten two for a dollar two for a dllor step right up..step right up.
> The main harkers of such news are the modern day barkers of the
> commerical OS wars who wear the pretty brooks brother clown suit and hold
> CONFERENCES on such things like
> "Os System compatability and the interoperability of the emerging growth
> industries as tehy impact on your buttucks numbing job"
> and
> "Wow, are we ever gooona make you look good in front of your boos with our
> flash whiz bang that niether you nor your boss will know how it works but
> will feel great prode and other amounts of woodydom so much so that you
> will give yourselfs big fat raises as your mis staff turns over faster
> than a 14 year old boy in a turkish prison."
> Yea, follow the money trail on this one. who says its dead? The folks that
> are looking to fill in its massive yet some how unapproachable
> market share. These folks look at Unix with disdain, with fear even. You
> see to thes folks unix is not something they can simply Look Like THey
> Know what they are douing. With unix you realy cant fake it.
> Nt and the like, you can fake as easy as a presidential intern. Look at
> who these folks are seeling to, look at the level of tech they realy need
> to know...and then loook at what it takes to get something unix sold into
> a company. For the most part your gonna have to deal with techs, and this
> means not just spitting outthe precanned speil or repeating wha you heard
> on Computer Chronicles.
> Sales folks and ad men will stick to and rally for the things they can
> seel tot he non tech managers, and this turns out to be a lot of who buys
> into the pre made nirvana sales pitch of 95, nt etc.
> The real boom for unix is going to happen when one of two things clicks
> into place. Its wither gonna be that the Tech Crowd will be able to deal
> with the salespitch, or that the knownothing managers will flood into the
> unix held bastions and bring to them thier untech skills at buying
> anything that makes em look like the next best thing to sliced hash
> browinies.
> I bet yall know which is comming into being.