There are unlikely to be any new applications developed solely for Unix after 2009, George Weiss, a Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst, told attendees at its annual Open Source Summit here Sept. 20.
"I expect that, around 2009, we will have seen the last application developed specifically for Unix, after which no applications will be developed just for that operating system, though updates to existing applications will continue for some time to come," he said in an address titled "Planning a Third Generation Linux Enterprise."
There will also be a gradual decline in the usage and market share of the Unix operating system, but that decline could well have a long tail, he said, pointing to the fact that while IBM has its own Unix-based operating system, AIX, it is still active in the open source community.
"IBM is involved in Linux development and working on improving that operating system. Why would they be doing that if Unix was their bread and butter?" he questioned.
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