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10 OSes on the Move

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It's certainly been quite a decade in the world of enterprise operating systems: There have been some spectacular winners, like Linux, and few epic failures, like Microsoft Vista. With the end of the decade little more than two weeks away, now seems a good time to take a look at what the future might hold. So to mark the end of the Noughties and the start of the Tens — or the Noughties R2, as they probably say at Microsoft — here is a highly subjective list of 10 OSes that will (or in some cases won't) be making the news during the next 10 years.

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10: SCO Unix — Are you still here?

Like an infernal zombie from Call of Duty 5, SCO is the company that refuses to die. For most of the decade it's been suing IBM and Novell on the grounds that Linux contains its IP. Back in 2003, this was significant, as it had the potential to undermine enterprise confidence in Linux. Since then, SCO has lost multiple hearings and filed for bankruptcy. Somehow it's still dragging itself along the floor with its tongue, and more legal action is promised in the future. Is there still such a thing as SCO UNIX? Can't remember; moreover, don't care.

9. Novell NetWare — good while it lasted
8. OS X — The Zhu Zhu hamster of OSes
7. Solaris
6. Ubuntu

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