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iSeries Network: The Magic Garden of Linux

Dec 07, 2001, 12:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mel Beckman)

[ Thanks to Will Crowe for this link. ]

"I know what you're thinking. Twenty-five years of research and development poured into the object-oriented, hardware-integrated, database-centered iSeries ends up facing off against a ... a penguin? Can this be? What can our jobs and professional careers have to do with a budget operating system that you can buy for less than $50 in a bookstore?

Plenty, it turns out. IBM believes in Linux enough to have ported it to its entire line of computer systems, from desktops to mainframes. Why? The answer is part popularity and part politics, but the deciding factor is synergy. In the end, it all boils down to new missions for iSeries hardware and new ways to leverage your existing skill set.

Linux's surging popularity hasn't escaped the notice of the marketeers at IBM. All IBM's platform developers, including the iSeries developers in Rochester, have now ported Linux to their environments in the hope of opening new markets and attracting new customers. But the iSeries has something to offer the Linux community that none of IBM's other systems do: high reliability at an affordable price."

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