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The Register: Linux goes Big Iron

May 18, 2000, 04:54 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Annie Kermath)

"IBM has announced the availability of Linux running natively on its S/390 mainframes, although general availability won't be until the autumn. SuSE and TurboLinux are acting as distributors and first call of support for potential users."

"Linux can either takes advantage of the mainframe's logical partitions to run natively, or as a VM/ESA guest operating system on G3 390s and later. IBM added similar capabilities to its AS/400 earlier this year. An implementation of IBM's Java 2 will follow in June, says IBM, and Big Blue has promised to eventually port WebSphere and Tivoli hooks to the platform too."

"It's not the first mainframe Unix: Amdahl's continues to update its venerable System V R4 port, UTS. But the two Linux ports - one inside, and one outside IBM - have progressed remarkably quickly."

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