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ZDNet: SuSE Infuses Blue Blood into Linux

Mar 25, 2002, 19:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"I don't know about you, but every time I read a story about IBM big iron running Linux, I get confused. Can I walk into a datacenter, find the mainframe's CD-ROM drive, and install Linux off my Red Hat CDs? Can I go to eBay, pick up a big honkin' S/390 for a few hundred bucks, load StarOffice, and have the fastest word processor in the world? Would that make me some sort of freak?

"Part of the confusion stems from the alphabet soup of IBM's system lineup. If you want to buy a new system from IBM, your choices fall into one of four groups: The zSeries , which typically runs z/OS, are the mainframe systems. They're powered by 31-bit hardware. (Yes, that's 31.) Next down the line is the iSeries; these are the old AS/400s, with IBM's PowerPC chips inside. The same chips also are inside IBM's pSeries, which runs AIX, Big Blue's flavor of Unix. Finally, there's the xSeries -- all the Intel-based stuff..."

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