• Subject: Re: a nice mention
  • From: "Jason M. Felice" <jasonf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 17:14:06 -0500

On Fri, Jan 14, 2000 at 11:03:16AM -0800, Seth Cohn wrote:
> from http://www.the400group.com
> This is a subscriber only article, so I'm forwarding it:
>            Native Linux move to AS/400 not imminent
>  Insider Weekly for AS/400 Managers
>  IBMs announced strategy of making all of their
>  servers fully Linux enabled will have little
>  impact on the AS/400 in the short term.
>  The AS/400 division currently has no plans to
>  natively support Linux, according to remarks
>  AS/400 gm Tom Jarosh made to business partners on
>  a recent conference call. Presently, the AS/400 is
>  able to support Linux clients and is also an
>  integration partner with Linux servers. 
>  However, Jarosh did not rule out that someday the
>  same PASE technology that enables Unix
>  applications to run on the AS/400 will allow Linux
>  to do the same.
>  Linux is freeware
>  Linux is a Unix like freeware operating system. It
>  consists of open source code so that developers
>  have access to and can update and add features to
>  the operating system. It is popular for hosting
>  Web servers and is increasing in popularity as a
>  desktop OS. 
>  Linux runs on a variety of hardware, such as Intel
>  and Macs. It also communicates to a variety of
>  networks, including TCP/IP, Novell Netware,
>  Microsoft Networking, and SNA. You can download
>  Linux now (see Web site at end of article).

I'm wondering about SNA, I haven't heard any news since
(I guess) TurboLinux bought it to save it from a death in
infamy.  At that point it was still vapourware.  We have
SNA over TCP/IP, though.  I'm not sure where to find SNA
applications, though.

>  "Its more a server gone desktop than a desktop
>  gone server," comments Jason Felice, a
>  Linux-AS/400 developer in his spare time. 

Hmm, not quite an AS/400 developer, just Linux.  I'm
more of an AS/400 user - a bad one at that.

>  Linux TN5250 tool available for AS/400
>  The efforts to integrate Linux and the AS/400
>  began about 18 months ago, led by a group
>  independent of IBM. Thus far, their efforts have
>  resulted in a TN5250 emulation tool. It is still
>  evolving and being refined, with early beta
>  testers reporting its prone to bugginess. They
>  cite benefits of fast execution and the fact that
>  you dont have to load features that you wont
>  use, resulting in a smaller footprint.
>  Felice says AS/400-Linux efforts are taking aim at
>  file transfer and the equivalent of an AS/400 ODBC
>  Linux driver. For more AS/400 specific Linux
>  information, see www.blarg.net/~mmadore; for
>  general Linux information, see www.linux.com. 

Hmm, I was looking ahead quite a bit more than this
makes it sound, DRDA (the protocol the ODBC driver
implements) is a Big and Hairy Protocol (tm).  Nonetheless,
I'd like to implement it.

-Jay 'Eraserhead' Felice
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