"Two years ago, when IBM Corp caught the Linux bug real bad, it
promised to get the open source Linux operating system running on
all of its platforms, to get its core middleware and databases
running on it, and use Linux as a kind of common glue holding the
disparate eServer family of incompatible products together. With
the "Blue Ice" Integrated Platform for eBusiness, IBM has put forth
a blueprint that shows customers and resellers how to implement
Linux on all of its eServers and gives them installation scripts
that can cut down the installation of infrastructure servers by as
much as 75%.
"Blue Ice was rolled out on the xSeries Intel-based server
platform in May 2002. This was a natural enough place to start,
since X86 servers accounted for then (and still do) the largest
number of IBM's Linux server shipments. But being a member of the
eServer family means getting all the same goodies, so in January
2003, IBM rolled it out on the zSeries mainframes, which run Linux
in logical partitions. This week, at the LinuxWorld trade show in
San Francisco, IBM is rolling out Blue Ice on its pSeries RISC/Unix
servers as well as on the iSeries OS/400 servers..."
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