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ComputerWorld (Denmark): Linux on IBM S/390 mainframe

Oct 12, 1999, 01:52 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.O.S. Svendsen)

[ Linux Today reader Hans Schou writes: ]

"Friday 8 october 1999 there was a story in the Danish Computerworld about IBM had ported Linux to the S/390 mainframe.

For some people this would not be amazing, as there was a posting to the Linux Kernel list back in march 1999, where a guy asked about DMA buffers and address space. The posting came from 3dlabs.com and the rumor began that IBM was porting Linux to mainframe.

I called IBM today and they confirmed that the development was going on, but they did not had any press releases. While I had the guy on the phone I asked to get a speaker for our local LUG. That was not impossible but they did not have anyone in Europe who could do the speach, so they had to "fly 'em in".

The story tells a lot about how excited IBM are about Linux. The I/O-subsystems should come in a faster and more simple design and one of the products which will come first is a Gigabit LAN controler. S/390 will come in a more light version which should be a real UNIX-killer. Linux and OS/390 would run on the same time on the micro-kernel architecture. According to IBM Linux on S/390 will the fastest Linux ever.

S390-Linux is a clean Linux distribution.

Linus Torvalds has been contacted and is positive about the project and would discuss the micro-kernel model on the developer list."

The article in Danish may be found here.

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