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Unformatted text preview: 2708A1 Discussion Sheet SHORT ANSWER 1. ANS: Accountability and support - An organization might choose a proprietary UNIX system so that when something doesnt work as expected, it has a resource on which to call for assistance. Optimization of hardware and software - Workstation vendors who include proprietary UNIX with the computers they sell invest a great deal of time in ensuring that their software runs as well and as fast as possible on their hardware. Predictability and compatibility - Purveyors of proprietary UNIX systems strive to maintain backward- compatibility with new releases. They schedule new releases at somewhat regular, predictable intervals. Customers usually know when and how things will change with proprietary UNIX systems. REF: 488 2. ANS: A primary advantage of open source UNIX and Linux is that users can modify their code and thereby add functionality not provided by a proprietary version of UNIX. Another potential advantage of using a freely distributable UNIX-type of system is that these varieties run not only on Intel-based processors, but also on...
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2010 for the course CIE M350 taught by Professor . during the Winter '09 term at World College.
- Winter '09