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[News] New Generation Still Runs GNU/Linux on Mainframes

  • Subject: [News] New Generation Still Runs GNU/Linux on Mainframes
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 02:09:16 +0100
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Young Developers Get Old Mainframersâ Jobs

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| Last spring one of my co-workers went to 
| college campuses to recruit prospective 
| âyoung mainframers.â
| Young mainframers? Isnât that an oxymoron?
| My co-worker, Tim, explained that our 
| company, a major software vendor, is 
| seeing its mainframe workforce rapidly 
| approaching the age of retirement. Tim 
| said IBM and most other firms whose 
| businesses depend on mainframes are also 
| dealing with this industry-wide problem.


Re IBM antitrust, PJ writes: "T3, CCIA and Ed Black, you'll recall 
from the EU Commission antitrust case against Microsoft.  Back in 
2004, Black received millions in Microsoft money personally, half 
of the settlement,  it was reported, when  the CCIA settled its 
complaint against Microsoft, leaving the SAMBA guys  standing 
alone as complainants, though they ultimately prevailed. So now 
a company partly owned by Microsoft raises antitrust allegations 
against IBM and Black supports the partly-Microsoft-owned company. 
It might all be legitimate and completely coincidental.   Who knows? 
But  Microsoft says it will be putting its efforts into making 
sure everyone plays by the same antitrust rules, and  I have begun 
to see more activity in the antitrust complaint department against 
Microsoft competitors."


Mainframe emulator goes commercial

,----[ Quote ]
| While CentOS and Debian Linuxes have supported the z
| implementation of the Linux kernel, the mainframe
| variants of Linux from Red Hat and Novell are what
| nearly all mainframe shops use, and this code is
| available for free even if the installation and
| technical support for it is not.


Mainframe shops gush over big iron

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| What can be said is that by corralling some mainframe
| engines, slashing their prices, and letting them run Linux
| instances or speed up Java or DB2 workloads, IBM has been
| able to keep the installed base of mainframe processing
| power, as measured in MIPS, growing - even as it has its
| ups and downs each quarter. And the downs have been
| especially sharp since the economic meltdown kicked in a
| year ago.

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