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Datamation: Linux on big iron - Forty-one thousand copies of Linux running on one box? No problem.

Jun 18, 2000, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"When a small team of IBM programmers in Boeblingen, Germany completed a port of Linux on the IBM S/390 mainframe in December 1999, it ushered in a new era in the short history of Linux. Now Linux runs on everything from handheld PalmPilots to large mainframes."

"At Linux World in early February 2000, IBM demonstrated Linux running on the S/390 by piping audio-streamed MP3s across the conference hall. IBM won't say when--or even if--it will officially release the product, but the company is making the code available for download. And the notion of running Linux on an IBM mainframe has piqued the interest of at least some IBM customers. As of early March 2000, the code had been downloaded 600 times, according to IBM. And a Linux on S/390 e-mail listserv has more than 550 members."

"So far, many of the mainframe users appear to be just kicking the tires. The Toronto Transit Commission, for example, is evaluating Linux for a number of uses. As part of the evaluation, Peter Webb, a technical support analyst at the Transit Commission, has been running Linux on the organization's IBM mainframe, a Multiprise 2003-225, since January 2000. Webb hopes his test system will encourage the Transit Commission to consider the mainframe as a platform for Linux."

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