IBM recognizes the enormity of the open source moves it's making, but you
have to remember that IBM has never been the marketing machine Microsoft
and other outfits are, even if the other other outfits are spewing
garbage. IBM's approach (right or wrong) is to announce and advertise, not
hype the crap out of vaporware then not deliver. (AKA Microsoft)

On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 11:54 PM, John Yeung <gallium.arsenide@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

On Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 5:39 PM, Buck Calabro <kc2hiz@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I'm on 7.2, so here's a link to the TR3 information:

https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/wikis/home?lang=en#!/wiki/IBM%20i%20Technology%20Updates/page/IBM%20i%207.2%20-%20TR3%20Enhancements
wherein is found this brief announcement: 'The 5733-OPS product
continues to be enhanced. Option 3 will contain the GCC Compiler and
Open Source development tool kit.'

I am quite pleased that IBM is putting this stuff out there. I am
slightly surprised that they're not making more noise about it,
though. I wonder if they don't realize the gravity of what they're
doing. I mean, these open source steps may seem small and
inconsequential to IBM, and maybe in the end they will be just that.
But they have the potential to (a) draw folks in from outside the
insular midrange world, and (b) expose insular midrange folks to
technology from the outside.

To me, 5733-OPS is a much, much bigger deal than any kind of
"modernization" of the RPG language.

'Open Source for IBM i (5733-OPS) now
includes the industry-standard GCC compiler as well as the tools needed
when working in the open source world. These additional features include
Git, .zip, .tar, bash, Python 2.7, and many others.'

Interesting. A Python 2.7, even after they've already put out a 3.4.

John Y.
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