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News400.com: How the AS/400 Learned to Love Unix

Jul 02, 1999, 13:43 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frank G. Soltis)

Thanks to Herbert Groot Jebbink for this link.

"I rarely attend an AS/400 conference these days where the "L" word doesn't come up. The L, of course, is for Linux, and the question that always follows is, "When are you going to put Linux on the AS/400?"

"From a technical standpoint, putting Linux on the AS/400 is a no-brainer. We already have the Integrated Netfinity Server (INS), an Intel-based PC inside the AS/400 that runs either Windows NT or OS/2. By adding a couple of new I/O drivers to let Linux use the AS/400 I/O, we could nicely support the open-source Unix operating system. The much bigger question is whether we should support Linux - or any other Unix operating system - this way."

"Author Frank G. Soltis of IBM Rochester created the AS/400's technology-independent architecture. He is IBM's AS/400 chief scientist and a professor of computer engineering at the University of Minnesota."

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