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InfoWorld: Linux looming

Jan 21, 2001, 18:12 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Scannell)

"With industry heavyweights putting some muscle behind Linux on mainframes, those touting a Unix server-based future could face a storm on the horizon."

"To the Unix community, it is now merely the rumble of distant thunder on an otherwise sunny day, but rising corporate interest in Linux-based mainframes could have them reaching for an umbrella in the next year or two."

"Driving this heightened interest in mainframe Linux are the spiraling costs associated with buying and managing the mushrooming number of departmental Unix-and Windows NT-based servers. During the past few years, these systems took over the running of key Web-based applications now central to corporate users' competitive strategies."

"In the past three months, top-tier Linux distributors including Red Hat, TurboLinux, and SuSE have pledged or deepened commitments to work with IBM and deliver native versions of Linux that exploit Big Blue's mainframes. IBM will underscore that relationship by bundling Linux versions of key middleware products, such as WebSphere, MQSeries, and CICS, with the new versions of the operating system."

"What is also inspiring corporate interest is this month's release of the long-awaited Version 2.4.0 of the Linux kernel, which features several critical high-end server capabilities, including support for IBM's S/390 and z900 mainframes. IBM Chairman Lou Gerstner also announced in December that IBM will invest $1 billion in Linux during 2001, a good portion of which will go toward the development, marketing, and servicing of Linux on mainframes and supercomputer-class clusters."

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