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IBM Entices Sun, HP Customers onto Linux Mainframes

Jun 01, 2009, 14:34 (0 Talkback[s])

"Hrm. I only see this useful for people who are existing customers and require mainframes for other purposes then what they need Linux or Solaris or whatever for. That way they can get rid of some servers and whatnot.

"Even then it's still not a easy thing to 'get'. So much mainframe software licensing is based on 'mips' and core count that having any excess capacity in CPU is a very bad thing financially. With mainframes you generally want to keep the CPU as slow as possible to reduce licensing and support costs... so if you have lots of cycles to devote to running a Linux web server or whatever then your probably doing something wrong."
The LWN comments are good complements to the article-- ed.

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