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LinuxWorld: Linux for S/390, Part 2: Building the iron penguin

Jun 17, 2000, 19:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neale Ferguson)

"As Linux grew in popularity, the general population of computer programmers and administrators became Linux literate. This was also true in the S/390 world. There was even envy within the VM community; Linux was developing in the way VM's proponents had hoped their operating system would grow before IBM's Object Code Only (OCO) and Object Code Maintained (OCM) policies, both described in the first part of this series, crippled the community's ability to contribute. The skill base, the technology, and the application base within the Linux world are all highly attractive to any organization that wishes to keep growing."

"My first attempt to do a Linux on S/390 port was back in 1997, but I had neither the time nor the gcc-compiler skills to get very far. Fortunately, Linas Vesptas and David Pitts did (and still do!) have such skills (and more) and were able to build the infrastructure that enabled a port to happen."

"I joined Linas in early 1999, bringing my access to significant S/390 resources (two-way SMPs, 725 MB memory, gigabytes of disk) to help the effort. We were soon joined by several others, including Rob Van Der Heij from the Netherlands and Peter Schulte-Stracke of Germany."

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