"At first glance, Linux and the IBM mainframe are an odd couple.
The teenage operating system and senior citizen computer are worlds
apart in their origins and pricing philosophies, among other
things. Yet they do make a good team, according to Maria
Eisenhaendler and Ingolf Salm, co-authors of the new Prentice Hall
book Linux on the Mainframe...
"Why does Linux run well on a mainframe?
"Eisenhaendler: There are two main reasons why
Linux runs on the IBM mainframes so well.
"First, Linux is largely independent of the computer
architecture on which it runs. The small amount of
architecture-dependent Linux code is in well-defined locations in
the Linux source tree. For Linux, the mainframe is just another