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CNET News.com: IBM taps Linux for mainframes

Feb 04, 2000, 15:40 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Boas Betzler, leader of the mainframe Linux project at Big Blue, used a famous mountaineering line to describe the impetus at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here. Betzler said he and a handful of other programmers got started on the project in late 1998 'because it was there.'

But now, the formerly unofficial project has grown to be more than just a curiosity. It's now an official component of IBM's S/390 mainframe strategy, uniting one of the most radical elements of the computing landscape to one of its most traditional.

In fact, IBM now believes running Linux on a partition of an S/390 will be useful for customers as big as Salomon Smith Barney and Schwab, said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, the newly appointed head of the IBM effort to bring Linux to all four of its server lines. There are several pilot S/390 Linux projects under way, he said..."

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