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LinuxPlanet: Test Plan Charlie Unplugged: An Interview with David Boyes

Mar 23, 2001, 08:08 (45 Talkback[s])
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"...Linux itself wasn't the core of the idea for me. What I contribute to the process of creating these kinds of solutions is really the architectural stuff. What I'm into is 'How do we glue these things together?'"

"Linux by itself, as a technology exercise, is an interesting hack. It's a lot of fun to play with. In terms of sheer inventiveness, it's a really neat piece of work. But in terms of real world scenarios, there are going to be places where it's not the right tool. In order for Linux to be successful in the enterprise, it's got to operate in an ecosystem where there are different kinds of tools. It provides a sort of mediation layer, where what it is presenting is a way to move information through an enterprise, and possibly some point solutions. Linux helps you glue all that stuff together so you can present a unified solution."

"That's what intrigued us about Linux 390. From an enterprise perspective, there is little question that System/390 is the most reliable system in existence. If you look at where enterprises store their critical data, it's not on UNIX systems. It's on the S/390. After 30 years of 'the mainframe is dying', 70% of the data is still on the mainframe. The idea of Linux in this environment, especially when combined with VM, represents a way that you can get enterprise access to this huge amount of data in a way that doesn't involve teaching OS/390 all these tricks. OS/390 is really a batch system with interactive access bolted onto the side, and I mean that in the Frankenstein sense of bolts sticking out of the side of its neck. It's not really what it's made to do. IBM has made it better over the last decade, but it was a fight."

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