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[News] GNU/Linux for the Mainframe Turns 10, But IBM Does Stupid Thing with Software Patents

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux for the Mainframe Turns 10, But IBM Does Stupid Thing with Software Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 09:18:10 +0100
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10th Anniversary of Linux for the Mainframe: Beginning to Today

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| 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of Linux 
| for the mainframe. Here, Knowledge Center 
| contributor Bill Claybrook delves into the 
| 10-year history of Linux for the mainframe, 
| discussing its first deployments, 
| advantages and appropriate workloads, as 
| well as its current market outlook, cost of 
| ownership and available applications. He 
| also offers advice on how you can determine 
| if Linux for the mainframe is the right 
| choice for your data center's server 
| virtualization project.
| The year was 1999. It was the beginning of 
| Linux for the mainframe. IBM and SUSE 
| (which was later acquired by Novell in 
| 2004) began working on a version of Linux 
| for the mainframe. By 2000, the first 
| enterprise-ready, fully supported version 
| was available: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 
| for S/390. The first large, important 
| customer was Telia, a Scandinavian 
| telecommunications company. This year, 
| 2010, is the 10th anniversary of Linux for 
| the mainframe. The value propositions for 
| Linux for the mainframe that were important 
| in 2000 are still important today.


IBMâs Open Source Patent Pledge

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| Thereâs been recent interest in IBMâs â500 
| patentâ pledge made in 2005 and how it 
| applies today. Itâs always important to get 
| the facts, and the words of the pledge 
| itself are the facts we need.
| âThe pledge will benefit any Open Source 
| Software. Open Source Software is any 
| computer software program whose source code 
| is published and available for inspection 
| and use by anyone, and is made available 
| under a license agreement that permits 
| recipients to copy, modify and distribute 
| the programâs source code without payment 
| of fees or royalties. All licenses 
| certified by opensource.org and listed on 
| their website as of 01/11/2005 are Open 
| Source Software licenses for the purpose of 
| this pledge.
| âIBM hereby commits not to assert any of 
| the 500 U.S. patents listed below, as well 
| as all counterparts of these patents issued 
| in other countries, against the 
| development, use or distribution of Open 
| Source Software.â
| IBM stands by this 2005 Non-Assertion 
| Pledge today as strongly as it did then. 
| IBM will not sue for the infringement of 
| any of those 500 patents by any Open Source 
| Software.
| Thanks.
| Daniel Frye
| VP, Open Systems Development
| IBM Linux Technology Center


IBM Patents Optimization

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| jamie(really) writes "IBM appears to want 
| to patent optimizing programs by trial and 
| error, which in the history of programming 
| has, of course, never been done. Certainly, 
| all my optimizations have been the result 
| of good planning. Well done IBM for coming 
| up with this clever idea. What is claimed 
| is: 'A method for developing a computer 
| program product, the method comprising: 
| evaluating one or more refactoring actions 
| to determine a performance attribute; 
| associating the performance attribute with 
| a refactoring action used in computer code; 
| and undoing the refactoring action of the 
| computer code based on the performance 
| attribute. The method of claim 1 wherein 
| the undoing refactoring is performed when 
| the performance attribute indicates a 
| negative performance effect of the computer 
| code.'"



IBM celebrates a decade of Linux on its System Z mainframe

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| IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) celebrated a decade of
| Linux on its System Z mainframe by recognizing
| the top winners, one of whom is Canadian, of
| the annual Master the Mainframe Contest.
| Over the years the number of customers,
| vendors and use cases for running Linux
| alongside z/OS have grown, said Tom Rosamilia,
| general manager for IBM's System Z division,
| during a presentation at the company's
| Poughkeepsie plant and the focal point of much
| of the development and manufacturing of
| mainframes.


IBM marks 10 years of Linux on SystemZ

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| During celebrations at its Poughkeepsie plant
| of a decade of opening its mainframe to run
| Linux apps, a Canadian student is recognized
| as a winner of the 2009 Master the Mainframe
| Contest. An exec explains why the mainframe is
| âmiddle-agedâ


IBM Rolls Out New System z Linux Servers

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| IBM on Tuesday debuted new hardware,
| software and services packages for
| enterprise customers that want to
| consolidate and virtualize Linux-based
| data loads on their System z mainframes.


New System z Linux Servers Released by IBM

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