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Linux.com: Linux Kernel 2.4 Ascends The Big Iron

Feb 12, 2001, 17:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"The new Linux kernel 2.4 increasingly supports higher-end machines, such as the IBM S/390 Mainframe, and clusters. 2.4 also better supports many of the peripherals associated with this class of machine, like gigabit Ethernet, fast-switching, multi-device support for RAID and LVM, improved SCSI drivers, and more."

"IBM, as part of its pledge to greater serve Linux with support, software, and services has several mainframe class machines available from the factory with Linux installed. The IBM S/390 has received the most attention from the Linux community, after it was announced that David Boyes at Dimension Enterprises had run 41,400 separate instances of Linux simultaneously on one mainframe machine before it ran out of resources."

"Mainframes, often thought to be dinosaurs by newer generations, seem to be making a Jurassic Park comeback. Once highly proprietary, mainframes are now adopting open standards like TCP/IP, gigabit Ethernet and Linux."

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