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SRO: Linux On A Mainframe Isn't A Joke

Apr 17, 2000, 17:31 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"I learned that the combination of big-iron hardware and hard-core operating systems like OS/360 or OS/390 makes for systems so stable that they make Unix look downright shaky. My Unix boxes can go for months without a crash. I spent three years in the early '80s working on IBM and Amdahl mainframes, and they never went down. Now, if only it were easier to run anything on a mainframe--like running Linux for its far-friendlier user interface and application development environment. Of course, that's exactly what IBM is doing."

"Linux on a mainframe isn't a joke. IBM thinks that by bringing Linux to a mainframe, customers will be able to run the Apache Web server, the Samba file/print servers and other popular Linux-based services on System/390s."

"Besides making life easier for developers and users, that serves two purposes. The first is that it teaches new interactive application tricks to the old mainframe dog. The second is that by giving Linux apps incredible I/O and stability, the combination becomes much more attractive. To whom, you ask? IBM's hope is that it will be especially fascinating to e-commerce sites."

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