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Dr. Dobb's Journal: Linux/390 in the Spotlight at SHARE 94

Apr 23, 2000, 04:36 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack J. Woehr)

[ Thanks to Neale Ferguson for this link. ]

"...the most popular attractions this year, inevitably filling meeting rooms to overflowing, were the sessions about Linux on the S/390. The air was electric with excitement about this revolution from below, which has drawn the world's largest intellectual property holding company, IBM, into communion with the open source community."

"One indicator of the internal schism is that while IBM is trumpeting their open source Linux/390 work, one of the participants in the project is being menaced with disciplinary action for his unsanctioned but seminal role in the project, despite the fact that he did the work on his own time. There is every possibility that Linux/390 would never have been shown outside IBM had that organization not been goaded by the alternate certainty of an entirely non-IBM Linux port."

"VM evolved to suit the needs of the "real programmers," many of whom are as passionate about VM as today's young whippersnappers are about Java. While these enthusiasts know that for technical reasons VM will never depart the glass house, many worry that VM is generally receding from the landscape as a user operating system. They believe that the ability of individual users to run shared instances, personal instances, and application-specific instances of Linux/390 under VM will breathe new life into the old workhorse."

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