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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Linux and Mainframes, Part 1: Odd Couple or Perfect Match?

Jun 06, 2003, 07:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"At first glance, Linux and the IBM mainframe are an odd couple. The teenage operating system and senior citizen computer are worlds apart in their origins and pricing philosophies, among other things. Yet they do make a good team, according to Maria Eisenhaendler and Ingolf Salm, co-authors of the new Prentice Hall book Linux on the Mainframe...

"Why does Linux run well on a mainframe?

"Eisenhaendler: There are two main reasons why Linux runs on the IBM mainframes so well.

"First, Linux is largely independent of the computer architecture on which it runs. The small amount of architecture-dependent Linux code is in well-defined locations in the Linux source tree. For Linux, the mainframe is just another supported architecture..."

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