From: "Leif Svalgaard" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Once we all run linux and no green screens anymore, > there won't be enough difference between the two series > to warrant having two of them. One problem with that analysis is that the iSeries is defined primarily by software, not hardware. That software includes multiple layers, including applications. Besides, when will "technology independence", "single-level store", "object-based design", and "integration" become obsolete. If those design principles become irrelevant at some point, then OS/400 will become irrelevant too. But I don't see that happening. It seems to me that IBM is sending the message that they are in the business of selling INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS AND SERVICES. So rather than emphasize the distinctiveness of iSeries and OS/400, IBM emphasizes middleware that ties all platforms together. Since my product is OS/400 specific, I don't like it. But I haven't reached the conclusion that IBM is against OS/400. I think they recognize a distinctive OS/400 market, but feel compelled to walk the slender fence between all their platforms. Nathan M. Andelin www.relational-data.com
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