IT-Director: Linux, Coming Soon to a Mainframe Near You

“You could be forgiven for thinking that there was little point
in putting Linux on the IBM mainframe….”

“News of an IBM Linux port to the 390 began to emerge last year,
as a rumour, following a posting to the Linux Kernel list which
enquired about DMA buffers and address space. The rumour was
confirmed in December when IBM published its modifications and
additions to the Linux 2.2.13 code base for the support of the
S/390 architecture….”

According to IBM, Linux on S/390 will the fastest Linux
that exists and will also naturally inherit many of the
enterprise-level characteristics of the mainframe.
Given IBM’s
unambiguous enthusiasm for Linux, we expect further developments of
Linux 390….”