But I remember a few months back,   the "Out of Context"  article/snippet
in NewsWire quoted Kim Stevenson as saying
Something to the effect,  "The iSeries is one of the most Open Systems out
there.   The API's and interfaces(like the Unix C functions)  are readily
It's not like MS or something.  Now That is Proprietary"
or something to that effect.

So,  If you look at it from that perspective,   WE are what Mr. Z.  was
talking about already right?

A few years ago we were worrying whether our platform was or wasn't an
"SAA" platform and whether that meant we were doomed.   Now its....

IBM still (even with the amount of evidence to the contrary) isn't  that
stupid to walk away from BIG MVS customers nor from BIG OS/400 customers
any time soon.    The people in my shop don't even know what Linux is let
alone plan to move to it next month.    Now, we may be very very odd,  and
the only shop in that position.  But I think not.

It may be like Lord of the Rings.

"One Ring to Control Them"

"One OS to Control Them".        We can support Linux,   Linux can't
support OS400.
OS400 can support AIX,   AIX can't support OS400.
OS400  COULD support MVS,    I bet MVS would have a hard time supporting

So if there ever were a "Grand Unification"      Somewhere down there  I
would be willing to bet,  you would see CPF messages.


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