You have it figured out perfectly.  The answer is definitely " you wouldn't
want to ".

Everywhere I go I meet Windows users who are just accustomed to the
freezeups and reboots.  They don't even think about it anymore -- they just
do it.  Many Windows machines cough and jerk on startup.  The offending
screens about programs or drivers that do not exist are quickly passed by by
clicking ok or pressing enter until the desktop presents.

M$'s answer is to upgrade to their new "stable" OS.  Why would that be
better?  Can you image booting an AS400 with such ridiculous startup


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----- Original Message -----
From: Walden H. Leverich <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 3:09 PM
Subject: WHY would I run Windows on my iSeries?

> OK, I mean this in all seriousness.
> 1) I understand why the iSeries is a stable machine -- it's got great
> hardware and software that were married at the design stage and just plain
> old doesn't crash.
> 2) I understand why you MIGHT want to combine multiple iSeries machines
> one physical footprint via lpar -- you can share cpu and memory across
> multiple machines load balancing as needed. I don't always agree with
> but I certainly understand it.
> 3) I understand why you might want to run Linux on the iSeries -- you're
> the mercy of Linux, but at least you get the stability of AS/400 disk AND
> CPU AND Memory in one nice box. Hell, you can even telnet into the Linux
> partition from a green screen to manage it.
> 4) But I can't understand the advantage of the integrated xSeries. Why
> I want to run W2K in an iSeries? The only advantage I can think of is a
> smaller footprint in the computer room and given that I can fit 42 W2K
> servers in a rack using 1U optimized servers I don't really accept that
> reason. You don't get to use the CPU or Memory of the machine. You can't
> manage it from the greenscreen. While you can use iSeries disk you can get
> just as reliable disk on a PC in the form of Shark and the like. I doubt
> get any advantage from the io processors since there is no OS knowledge to
> drive them. I don't see a stability or manageability advantage.
> So... Why would I do this? Silly answers like "because windows crashes all
> the time and putting it in an iSeries would help" aren't accepted. WHY
> it help?
> -Walden
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