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Unix (not Linux) on x86 chips?

Hi everyone- I'm creating an asset database for our company and the previous person who worked on this began categorizing servers in this manner:

Windows (or Unix)

I stated that Windows and Unix are software, not hardware and don't describe the physical box in any way. Having run a few Linux distros in my time, I know that Linux runs just fine on the same hardware as Windows, and usually vice versa.

However- does Unix? Does Unix require some special hardware making it a valid descriptor in a product categorization? Should I go with something like:

x86 (or Unix)

Thank you for your insight!
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AIX runs on Power
Solaris runs on Sparc (and now OpenSolaris on i86)
Not sure what HPUX runs on.
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Depends on the flavor of Unix.

There are some that will run on x86 hardware. As mentioned before, solaris has both sparc and x86/x86_64 architectures.

Sco, bsd variants -- just to name a few, also run on x86 hardware.
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Originally Posted by Padow
Not sure what HPUX runs on.
On the PA-RISC chip, which is based on the Motorola 88000 chip design.

HP ceased to produce PA-RISC chips (last series was the 9000) in end of 2008 and announced to switch over to Itanium.

Another formerly professional workstation now running on hobby electronics.

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Thanks for the replies everyone!

So it looks like for my tier 3, I should use x86, x64 and some sort of Unix catch-all? I work on a military base, so 99% of our assets are going to be windows based anyway, so I don't think it would do much good to get more granular than that.


Then, if we happen to have something like Solaris x86 running on a server, it can be classified correctly in terms of hardware and we can use the software categorizations for whatever OS is on it.

Thank you for your help!

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