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IT Management: Linux Jockeys, Meet Mainframe Mavens

Apr 30, 2002, 14:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Orzech)

"One can hardly imagine two more different groups of people in the world of computing.

"In the glass house, where the mainframe reigns in air-conditioned splendor, mainframe jockeys running Cobol batch jobs keep the core business of banks, airlines and other large enterprises humming, as they have for decades.

"Meanwhile, down the hall, Unix hackers are coding distributed applications in Java, Perl and XML on a Linux server sitting under their desk. To them, the proprietary mainframe applications and their archaic, green-screen user interfaces seem like something left over from the days of black-and-white television.

"For years, these two groups had little reason to talk with each other. But now, they are being brought together by the unlikely combination of mainframe hardware, IBM's VM operating system, and the open source Linux operating system..."

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