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Enterprise Linux Today: Turbolinux Creates Custom Distro for The Credit Index's S/390

Aug 15, 2001, 03:03 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Turbolinux, the leading provider of high performance Linux distributions, today announced that it has created a tailor-made Linux package for The Credit Index. Based on the latest version of the Linux kernel, 2.4.5, Turbolinux has developed the first commercially available kernel 2.4-based distribution for IBM S/390 processors.

The Credit Index is the nation's premier risk modeling company for the direct response industry, which consists primarily of mail-order catalog marketers. The Credit Index customers rely on data from the firm that details the credit worthiness of catalog customers and, until recently, the company operated entirely on mainframe computers. The Credit Index now runs some of its applications on Intel-based Linux servers, however, most of The Credit Index customers use mainframes and more than half the data the firm receives comes on mainframe format tapes, including the 3490, which led the company to investigate the idea of running Linux directly on its mainframes.

"The roadblock we kept running into was that the versions of Linux available for the mainframe could not even begin to support the enormous file sizes we need," said Brian Eaddy, The Credit Index's senior vice president of technology. "Turbolinux stepped in to partner with us where other vendors would not. Right from the beginning Turbolinux's developers took us seriously, visiting us on site, looking at our environment, and trying to understand our exact needs."

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