• Subject: Re: IBM to LINUX enable all server hardware.
  • From: email@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (James W Kilgore)
  • Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 00:06:54 -0800
  • Organization: Progressive Data Systems, Inc.

I believe there was a thread on this topic a while back, but I think the
subject had to do with convergence of the AS/400 and RS/6000 product
line.

A hardware convergence makes sense from a manufacturing point of view,
and with so much of OS/400 being written in C, I don't think that it
would be a great stretch for a Linux or AIX "environment" for OS/400 to
manage.

The S/36 environment was not much more than replacing the command call
to pass the limited information to the same low level function used by
native operations.

I've worked with Red Hat 5.2 and the last two Caldera distributions and
using Linux touches that technogeek soft spot in my heart that was owned
by OS/2.  IMHO, Linux still needs a good housecleaning and
standardization.  Like I threw out the idea of a command
prompter/processer like OS/400 has.

So, I'm left wondering, if Linux has a OS/400 command front end, does it
make any difference if it's Linux or OS/400 on the back end?

The idea I -really- like is Linux on the IPCS and client and OS/400
keeping it all together.  Can you imagine what would happen if the
Fortune 50 decided to use Linux and Star Office for client devices? 
That must be Bill's nightmare! <VBG>

Pat Barber wrote:
> 
> David Gibbs wrote:
> >
> > Check out the following news story ...
> >
> > http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-1518906.html?tag=st.ne.ron.lthd.1003-20
> > 0-1518906
> > <http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-1518906.html?tag=st.ne.ron.lthd.1003-2
> > 00-1518906>
> >
> > I wonder how they will "Linux Enable" the AS/400?
> 
> Given that the 400 can do a "lot" of Unix things "now", the "Linux"
> thing
> isn't too much of a stretch...... This Linux thing keeps rolling right a
> long.... It's about time for IBM to drag out that multi-OS on one box
> again... This was discussed in detail a few years back, then dropped out
> of
> sight.... Look for some version of Unix/Linux running on a 400 if demand
> continues.....
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