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SearchEnterpriseLinux.com: Year in review: IBM takes charge of its destiny

Jan 01, 2001, 12:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Hogan, Edward Hurley, Kevin Komiega, Eric Parizo, Christine M. Campbell)

"In addition to the renaming, IBM has brought Linux, the open-source Unix cousin, to all its server lines. Early in 2000, Linux was ported to the S/390. IBM and several independent software vendors agreed to not increase software prices based on added capacity for Linux. Traditionally, mainframe software prices are based on the total processing capacity."

"Even IBM's own proprietary flavor of Unix was getting in on Linux. AIX 5 L features more Linux affinity and can accept recompiled Linux programs with virtually no changes. Essentially, IBM sees a Unix continuum with Linux for lower-end applications like appliance serving slowing up with AIX for more mission-critical applications."

"Linux on the iSeries is expected in the beginning of 2001. Whether users will embrace the open-source operating system is yet to be seen. Running Linux as a logical partition would give users access to Linux applications such as the Apache Web server. Yet the capacity used for Linux on a iSeries 400 is expensive compared with running such applications on Intel-based machines."

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