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ZDNet: Linux and AIX link up on IBM's biggest Unix server

Oct 05, 2001, 02:27 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Judge)
"This year's operating system breakthrough is to have both Linux and IBM's own AIX Unix flavour running natively in their own partitions, instead of running a hosted Linux as with last year's AIX 5L. Logical partitioning consolidates workloads more efficiently, and a programme called eLiza is intended to make servers self-healing, and all but self-sufficient.

Having slated other suppliers for the multiplicity of their Unixes, the IBM team then had to explain how AIX is positioned alongside Linux. As you might expect they both have their place: AIX is tunable while Linux is customisable, AIX offers performance and Linux is cheap, and so on. However the plans showed the two getting closer, as IBM 'accelerates the maturation' of Linux, and adds Linux-like features to AIX.

The big question is whether AIX will eventually disappear, and here IBM's answer has echoes of Tony Blair's policy on the pound: 'AIX could go away. It might go in five years, or ten years, or never,' said Colin Grocock, eServer business development manager. 'It will be driven by application vendors and customers.'"

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