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IBM's S/390: Smells Like Linux Spirit

May 24, 2000, 19:54 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greta Durr)

"It's a pure Linux programming and development model," says Boas Betzler, technical specialist for IBM's Linux Technology Center. Betzler has been instrumental in the development of the Open Source code for the S/390, and is part of the IBM team interacting closely with the Open Source community. "It feels like Linux, smells like Linux, tastes like Linux; it is Linux."

"Mission-critical applications that require the traditional strengths of the platform, including reliability, security and scalability, can continue to operate on OS/390, Betzler says. New applications can run on Linux for S/390, at the same time and on the same server, Betzler says. For example, new DB2 Connect middleware will allow applications running on Linux to access and use data in DB2 Universal Database running on OS/390."

"Linux for S/390 is all about openness," explains Rich Lechner, vice president of e-business, IBM's Enterprise Systems Group. "Linux opens the S/390 to new e-business applications and a new generation of programming talent. Customers told us that they want the application flexibility of Linux and I think the speed of our response will thrill them."

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