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LinuxWorld: Weighing the Pros & Cons of IBM's Mainframe Linux

Apr 19, 2002, 17:30 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)

"A few weeks ago, someone asked what I thought of using Linux on the mainframe. I'd simply never thought about it all, and just assumed it made sense based on IBM's reputation and my own experience with MVS/XA. Forced to think about it, I realized that my MVS experience is 16 years out of date and that my perception then that the 3084Q we were running on was fast relative to my workstation (a Sun-160 with a 16-MHz Motorola 68020 and 2 megabytes of RAM), was coloring my reactions now.

"Although it's not really possible to set aside previous experience and knowledge to fully evaluate something on its merits only at the time of the evaluation, the questions raised by the IBM move to offer Linux as a guest operating system (ghost) on the zSeries are the same ones we should ask about any new Linux product..."

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