• Subject: Re: Sys/36 virtual machine, or OS/400?
  • From: "System Support Products, Inc." <sspi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 16:28:48 -0500

At 11:29 AM -0800 1/6/00, Al Barsa, Jr. wrote:
>IBM has indicated that V4R4 will be the last release for the *M36, 
>which will >screw customers trying to go native.  These customers 
>will be forced to stay ay >V4R4 forever, so they should no longer be 
>paying for software subscription.  >IBM no longer sees the *M36 as a 
>revenue opportunity, so they don't care any >longer.

    This is another recent IBM decision that I just don't understand. 
The *M36 environment seems pretty stable; I don't think too many 
people are expecting enhancements to it.  Would keeping it running on 
versions after V4R4 be that difficult of a task?  If so, you have to 
wonder if the *M36 designers and programmers were complete idiots. 
If not, I guess it's the marketing and planning people.

    I would love to hear the reasoning behind this one.


    - Lou Forlini
      Software Engineer
      System Support Products, Inc.
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