I wasn't going to bring this up, but since You did John...

There was a pretty big stink on the Tech list about an interview that Mr.
Zeitler did on Linux.  About 6 months ago.  Appeared Mr. Zeitler was selling
out OS/400 in favor of Linux.

But there was another interview with Mr. Z. (in iSeries Network, iirc) about
a month before that.  He said (to paraphrase and misquote):

"IBM is in the job of providing what the market wants...  The market wants
Open Source and Linux, and that's why we're putting it on the 400."  But He
was REALLY STRONG about iSeries and OS/400 in that interview, again iirc.

Put those two interviews together, and it would sure sound like Mr. Zeitler
was practically CALLING for OS/400 to BE Open Sourced.  Not an easy job, of
course, since that's where the Server Group gets SO much revenue from.

(The inflated cost of hardware being, in actuality, a way for the iSeries
Division to get revenue from the OS...  My understanding is that OS/400
revenues get ACCOUNTED FOR under the Software Group, which is essentially a
different multi-national company within the IBM "holding company".)


| -----Original Message-----
| From: midrange-nontech-admin@midrange.com
| [mailto:midrange-nontech-admin@midrange.com]On Behalf Of
| jpcarr@tredegar.com
| Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2002 4:38 PM
| To: midrange-nontech@midrange.com
| Subject: Re: open sourcing discontinued offerings
| Can't do OS/2  although that would be WONDERFULLLLLL.  (still licence
| agreements with M$ and I doubt M$ would like to see it out in the wild
| opensourced)
| How about OS/400   ??

<snip Jill's post>

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