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Old 01-02-2013, 06:34 AM   #1
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Linux is not certified by Unix? Its not a family with Unix?


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Linux is not certified by Unix? Its not a family with Unix? Why AIX and MAC os are certificated and Linux not?
 
Old 01-02-2013, 06:40 AM   #2
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Why? Because is linux is open source, and MAC and AIX are closed sourced "clones," per say. Hence, not open source.
 
Old 01-02-2013, 07:42 AM   #3
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As I understand it, it's mainly about money.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_...fication#Other
I also think there's the question of lineage, with Linux being written from the ground up rather than sharing a base with Unix in the way that AIX, BSD and OSX do.
 
Old 01-02-2013, 07:54 AM   #4
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix

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The Open Group, an industry standards consortium, owns the UNIX trademark. Only systems fully compliant with and certified according to the Single UNIX Specification are qualified to use the trademark; others might be called Unix system-like or Unix-like, although the Open Group disapproves of this term. However, the term Unix is often used informally to denote any operating system that closely resembles the trademarked system.
In summary, AIX and MacOSX can call themselves UNIX because they paid for certification from The Open Group, who own the UNIX trademark.

Also, keep in mind that the definition of 'Linux' varies somewhat. It can mean several things, e.g. just the kernel (which couldn't pass certification on its own) or a collection of different distros based on this kernel (which have different collections of components). When you certify that your OS is UNIX you need to provide a specific version, which is why MacOSX has been recertified with each new release.

That said, if they cared to pay for it I wouldn't be at all surprised if a Linux disto like say Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 could pass certification with minimal (if any) changes but even if this was done it would not grant all Linux distros the right to call themselves UNIX, just that particular version of that particular distro. A series of minor versions (e.g. Red Hat 6.X) might be similar enough that recertification could be avoided but major changes may mean that they need to apply again.

What does certification gain you? Two things, it means that a software vendor making UNIX compliant software can be fairly certain that their software should compile and work on that Operating System and there is also the bragging/marketing rights that the Operating System is 'UNIX' (which carries some weight in the business world).

Is it worth the time and money for someone like Red Hat to do this? No probably not any more, as the Red Hat and Linux names probably carry a similar level of marketing weight on their own these days and most commercial vendors making 'UNIX' software already consider Linux.

Finally, it is worth noting that FreeBSD, Darwin and OpenSolaris/Solaris Express are not officially UNIX either, since they too lacks certification. This is despite the fact that they share some source code with official UNIX OSes. Some FreeBSD code was taken into Darwin and Darwin forms the basis of MacOSX. In the OpenSolaris/Solaris Express case it is a direct descendant of the UNIX System V Release 4 code base. However the certification process does not care about these historical links.

In the case of FreeBSD, again its own brand is strong enough that it probably shouldn't bother 'wasting' FreeBSD Foundation funds on obtaining official UNIX certification.

Last edited by ruario; 01-02-2013 at 08:58 AM. Reason: Clarified some statments and also added more thoughts about FreeBSD, Darwin and OpenSolaris/Solaris Express
 
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I also think there's the question of lineage, with Linux being written from the ground up rather than sharing a base with Unix in the way that AIX, BSD and OSX do.
Lineage doesn't matter at all, which is why FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFlyBSD, Darwin or even OpenSolaris/Solaris Express are not UNIX either.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:06 AM   #6
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You might also want to read the The Open Group's "What is UNIX ?" page and their list of products that have certified to various UNIX product standards.

EDIT: It is interesting to note that Solaris 10 is listed multiple times under UNIX 03. One of the times was by Fujitsu Limited, rather than Oracle Corporation. Presumably slight changes for each platform meant that recertification was required. This demonstrates that you could never certify 'Linux' as UNIX, it would have to be a release of a specific distro.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:56 AM   #7
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Lineage doesn't matter at all, which is why FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFlyBSD, or even Darwin (the foundation to MacOSX) are not UNIX.
It doesn't matter as far as certification is concerned, no. But unofficially at least you often see the BSDs described as Unix but Linux is always Unix-Like. I thought the original question alluded to this a little so thought it worth mentioning (since the Wikipedia link shows BSD and Linux's status).
 
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But unofficially at least you often see the BSDs described as Unix but Linux is always Unix-Like.
Sure people called them UNIX but it is not true in a legal sense. It would certainly be trademark infringement for any of the BSD derivatives to call themselves this without obtaining certification and hence is IMHO a mistake even for an individual to label them publicly as UNIX.

By the way this wasn't meant as some kind of insult to BSD. There is no shame in it. I honestly don't think the certification is worth the time or the effort given the strength of the 'BSD' brand in its own right.
 
Old 01-02-2013, 09:35 AM   #9
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I think the situation is confused (and I didn't help it) because AIX, BSD and OSX can all claim to be from the "Unix Family" as they're in some way traceable back to the origins of Unix.
 
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I think the situation is confused (and I didn't help it) because AIX, BSD and OSX can all claim to be from the "Unix Family" as they're in some way traceable back to the origins of Unix.
Exactly. Hence why with linux, all open source, free, etc. With Unix on the other hand, it is more closed source, so you can technically market it, like with OSX, etc.
 
Old 01-02-2013, 09:45 AM   #11
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There are actually some very few but important technical issues between the two. Not sure linux could ever become fully unix certified.
 
Old 01-02-2013, 10:12 AM   #12
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This goes all the way back to The SCO Group's spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to sue IBM and everybody-else to pay royalties for the use of anything-and-everything that (according to SCO) smacked of "Unix." This long-running lawsuit was documented in grueling day-to-day detail at http://www.groklaw.net, even as it permanently transformed the career of the paralegal who originally started that site.

"Frankly, my dear, nobody gives a damn" about "Unix certification." The pragmatic business fact of the matter is that open-source Linux legally supplanted the former place of Unix in the marketplace, even as SCO's foolish and tenacious lawsuit drove a coffin-nail into any lingering notions that any business arrangement other than legally-enforced open source (i.e. "cooperative") development would be suitable in the context of what Linux is today called-upon to do.

When you consider that the Android operating-system is a Linux-based distribution ... "I rest my case." 17 million mobile devices were activated last Christmas Day, and about 50% of those were Android-based. Furthermore, since at least the core of Apple's OS/X system is also open-source, "Darwin," well, "there's the other half, too." The market has spoken, the future is here, and anything related to the Unix trademark which somebody paid much too-much money for is ... irrelevant.

(Too bad you spent so much money on lawyers, SCO ... you bankrupted yourself, "thou fool.")
 
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Exactly. Hence why with linux, all open source, free, etc. With Unix on the other hand, it is more closed source, so you can technically market it, like with OSX, etc.
Yeah but it isn't the fact that they are Open Source that they are not UNIX. Someone could choose to pay for certification of OpenIndiana and it would probably pass given its similarities to Solaris but it would still remain Open Source. My point being that technically there is no reason we couldn't have an UNIX certified Open Source OS. Nobody seems the benefits however in comparison to the price.
 
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Yeah but it isn't the fact that they are Open Source that they are not UNIX. Someone could choose to pay for certification of OpenIndiana and it would probably pass given its similarities to Solaris but it would still remain Open Source. My point being that technically there is no reason we couldn't have an UNIX certified Open Source OS. Nobody seems the benefits however in comparison to the price.
Yah, just like red hat; Red hat is free, but it's the support you are paying for. Quite smart, I'd say so...
 
Old 01-02-2013, 02:42 PM   #15
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I looked also information who uses Linux and Who uses Unix, and tendence is to use Linux.
So as you said, Unix certification is not so important as I thought.

Look that:

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Since 2011 Linux powers over 90% of the top 500 servers. It runs also on the biggest (as of 2011): RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science Cores: 705024 Power: 12659.89 kW Memory: 1410048 GB
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According to International Data Corp. (IDC).Linux has grown faster than any other server OS over the past few years. Linux user base is estimated to be about more than 25 million machines, compared to 5.5 million for combined UNIX installations.
(How many servers in the world are there with Windows. Somebody knows that?)


So now I understand that now, 2013, Linux is either more important then Unix.



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