"Boas Betzler, leader of the mainframe Linux project at Big
Blue, used a famous mountaineering line to describe the impetus at
the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here. Betzler said he and a
handful of other programmers got started on the project in late
1998 'because it was there.'
But now, the formerly unofficial project has grown to be more
than just a curiosity. It's now an official component of IBM's
S/390 mainframe strategy, uniting one of the most radical elements
of the computing landscape to one of its most traditional.
In fact, IBM now believes running Linux on a partition of an
S/390 will be useful for customers as big as Salomon Smith Barney
and Schwab, said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, the newly appointed head
of the IBM effort to bring Linux to all four of its server lines.
There are several pilot S/390 Linux projects under way, he
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