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Enterprise Linux Today: IBM Offers Free Mainframe Access to Developers

May 23, 2001, 00:30 (3 Talkback[s])

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"A new program from IBM will provide thousands of independent software developers with free access to the ultimate tool for writing Linux software applications -- the IBM eServer zSeries mainframe.

The program, the Linux Community Development System, provides developers with access to their own virtual mainframe running Linux and a Shark storage subsystem. IBM customers, business partners, independent software vendors, consultants, academics and even IBM competitors are invited to register for their free server. The program is aimed at helping Linux developers build new enterprise applications that enable customers to consolidate their distributed servers on a single IBM zSeries mainframe.

The testing stage of the program has already drawn an expanding community of programmers and Linux enthusiasts from around the world. Developers from Korea, Scotland, India, New Zealand, and even a high school student from Brooklyn, are up and running on the mainframe, porting their Linux applications to "Big Iron" via the Internet."

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