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This goes back a ways, but I love those minor difficulties and details like
the show stopping ones...;-D

The show-stopper is politics.  I give Linus Torvalds a LOTTA credit for
developing and producing "the mythical THE ONE UNIVERSAL *NIX".  I don't
like his use of the GPL to develop a monopoly over the then-ATT-monopoly,
because it has resulted in more-or-less freezing out BSD and other flavors
from getting any WIDE-spread development, support, and usage.

I also don't much cotton to the fact that EVERY change to Linux has-ta go
through Mr. Torvalds, as that doesn't scale (as I believe we are and will be
seeing) as far as keeping up with innovation.  It's a semi-good way of
keeping the project focused though.


Btw, I didn't know it was possible to get the IRP of ILE programs, but I
recall Barbara Morris saying IBM sure DOES consider that proprietary.  I'm
not sure if it's necessary to reproduce ILE, if you can replicate the
functionality, though.  That's what Baby/400, afaik.  Tough job, I'm sure.

I would suggest the possiblity that you could also get "the best of both
worlds" if you view a PC/*nix to iSeries server-server architecture as a way
to utilize the PC/*nix for what they do best, which is providing device
drivers.  And utilize the iSeries for what it does best, which is running
code reliably with low TCO.

| -----Original Message-----
| From: mi400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:mi400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]On
| Behalf Of Hall, Philip
| Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2003 12:42 PM
| To: MI Programming on the AS400 / iSeries
| Subject: RE: [MI400] Re: MI emulator
| > -----Original Message-----
| > From: Steve Richter [mailto:srichter@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
| > Subject: RE: [MI400] Re: MI emulator
| >
| > let me answer a "how do you emulate MI in C and Windows" question ...
| > other than some major, show stopping difficulties, it is possible.
| I love those self negating statements !
| --[ snipped some theoretical stuff ]--
| > And of course there is the half completed, now forgotten by
| > IBM mgmt, ILE beast. Even after all these years, it is still
| > considered top secret by IBM, so who knows what would be
| > needed to emulate it.
| It {ILE} isn't *that* complex. It's basically really just
| implementations on the iSeries of a number of well used, and
| older 'runtime' concepts that have been used on other platforms
| for years prior to ILE arriving on the iSeries. There is nothing
| 'magic' about ILE, and as for 'secret' nothing it does is not
| already done elsewhere on other platforms.
| --phil

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