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SearchEnterpriseLinux.com: Leaping Linux: IBM's z900 takes it on; Q&A w/IBM's Mark Cathcart

Dec 31, 2000, 12:05 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward Hurley)

"Mark Cathcart, a technology strategist with IBM and a member of the S/390 Software Development Council, talks about IBM?s strategy behind Linux on the z900 and whether Linux can really take this age-old platform into the world of open-systems. While Linux may be the z900s salvation, the Unix cousin is far from IBM's first foray into open standards. Offering Linux on the platform is an extension of something that started almost 10 years ago."

"searchEnterpriseLinux: So why would shops want to run Linux on their mainframe?

Cathcart: [With Unix applications],we found that most software vendors weren't willing to make major alterations to their applications. But it's much easier with Linux. It?s like a duck to water. You get nothing more or less but just Linux running on S/390 hardware. The lure of Linux is the speed applications can be deployed. We could never deploy them fast enough for zOS."

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