Submitted by Syscrusher on Tue, 2005/06/07 - 07:34.

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm very excited about what has been accomplished by the two porting teams and by the other contributors. Getting Linux to run, and to run very well, on hardware this foreign is no mean feat and these folks deserve a virtual beer for one seriously cool hack. I learn something new every day from these folks, and I am humbled to be in their company online.

One of the lessons I've had to learn during my fifteen years in computing is that sometimes people doing things the old way are doing so for very good reasons. Linux is a fine mixture of the mature, elegant architecture of UNIX and the latest ideas from the glitzy world of PCs. Mainframes and their admins are not the fossils that some people think they are. They are adapting at remarkable speed to the new open-standards computing model of the Internet, and bringing to that world their time-tested approach to managing systems that simply cannot ever break down. The synergy between the Linux world and the mainframe world promises to benefit both, if only we will each open our minds to the other's point of view.


I'm only providing a few links here, because each of these sites is rich with links to further information. I recommend you start with Linas' excellent site, which contains links to many others as well.

Linas Vepstas' site: (this site also has the Bigfoot code)

Marist College VM site:

Princeton University Linux for S/390 site:

IBM's S/390 Web Site:

IBM's VM Home Page:

IBM VM/ESA and Linux Resources:

IBM's Linux for S/390 Site:

IBM's Linux Site:

Thinking Objects Software GmbH: (a multitude of RPMs for Linux on S/390)

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At the time of this article's creation, Scott Courtney was a computer engineer at a large manufacturing company. He has since left the confines of a Microsoft-based company for the open skies of Linux, spent a year working as a technical journalist, and is now a Senior Engineer at Sine Nomine Associates. He can be reached via the feedback form.

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