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NewsForge: Mid-range Linux: Slowly, Very Slowly, Linux is Coming to the AS/400

May 31, 2002, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)


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"Everyone knows about Linux on IBM Intel servers, most people know that IBM is doing well positioning Linux on mainframes, but few people know that IBM is also pushing Linux on the mid-range AS/400 (iSeries) lines.

"It's an uphill battle, in part because while there's long been some interest in porting Linux to the AS/400, it's always been a lower priority than other projects for both the Linux community and IBM. But now Linux on the AS/400 is beginning to heat up. Dan Powers, IBM's v.p. of Linux Solutions, says that recently, 'we've have had a lot of customers ask for Linux on the iSeries and it's only been in the last few months that our partners are coming out with it.'

"Rick Kearney, CEO of Mainline Information Systems, a major zSeries and iSeries IBM solution provider and value-added reseller, agrees. "Somewhere in the fourth quarter of 2001, CIO and CEOs got Linux evaluations on their 'to-do' lists now, so they're calling us now to ask what can we (do) to move enterprise services to Linux," says Kearney. 'People are just waking up to the power of Linux...'"

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