Is Linux a fragmented operating system…

ITWorld.com has a great article that discusses how different development is in today’s world as compared to say 10 years ago.  They focus on the fact that Linux is at the core of so many devices these days how can you know what hardware platform your app will need to run on?  The article asks lots of interesting quesitons and has some ideas of where we are going.  Where do you think we are headed?  Is having so many different ways to use linux, i.e. Phones, Laptops, tablets, making it harder or easier to program?

In case you missed it Linux Turned 20….

Psst…Mainframe Linux is alive and kicking..

CA has finally figured out that this Linux thing might be a good bet.  CA is a huge player in the Mainframe space and has recently announced a new set of tools for Linux on the Mainframe. While this isn’t a big game changer it is nice to see Linux getting the tools it needs to be effective on the Mainframe.  Now I just need to find $10,000,000 so I can buy a mainframe and I will be able to test it out.

 

Don’t know much about Linux on the Mainframe?  I try to explain it in Podcast 50 found here.

Episode 14 – Linuxinstall.net Podcast

Episode running time: 0:46:06  Click here to get to the podcast
1) Introduction
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2) News

IBM wants to sell you a mainframe running linux….

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/120909-ibm-linux-mainframe.html?hpg1=bn

Linux Foundation announced last week a get one give one plan on their memberships…

http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2009-12-09-024-35-PR-CY

3) All Documentation is less than optimal(subpar) FLOSS or Closed Source

4) Conclusion

Going Linux Podcast…

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Do you know or are you someone new to Linux?  Want a great show to listen to about switching to linux?  Check out http://goinglinux.com .  The Hosts Larry Bushey and Tom Chaudoir do an awesome job of explaining a variety of concepts in Linux for new users.



Give one Linux Foundation Membership Deal helps students…

So the Linux Foundation has opened up a very interesting Membership drive.   If you purchase a membership in the community supporting foundation they will give a membership to a Student.  The Student can be either someone you know or given to someone who is on a waiting list.  That decision is yours.  Student ID’s/other verification of Student is required for them to get it free.  So sign-up today.  Show your support and desire to see the community to grow.  Check out the story above for the details of what you get for the mere $99.



You too can own your own Mainframe with Linux running on it…

IBM has announce that you can get a Mainframe capable of running Linux for a mere $200,000.  That’s right you can get all the stability, reliability, and green screens you have grown up with or at least heard about and Linux.  This story from Network World does a nice job of explaining what they are trying to do.  You still need some Mainframe expertise and skills though.  This is because it’s running on an Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) processor.  These are managed by z/VM as is most if not all of the management of the hardware on the machine.  So to make them work you will need at least one Mainframe Admin and one Linux Admin.  Then there is the quoted numbers of VM’s you can run on this $200,000 beauty.  That’s right you can run up to 50 Virtual Machines on a single machine.  If you are coming from a hardware world this might sound cost effective.  Against normal hardware you might make the justification.  Compare this with almost any X-Series Visualization solution that would support 50 VM’s will come in at a price around $30,000 to $50,000.  Make that completely redundant, to make what you would get with X-Series match Z-Series hardware, and you have a cost of about one third to one half of this new Mainframe.  From the tests I have been a part of the performance was really not all that different.  There is a lot of variability with any Virtualization Technology so your mileage may vary.  Unless it is considerably fast I am not sure how you are going to justify the costs and would need to make the sale on the stability of the platform.  Even that, in my opinion, is going to be extremely difficult.

 

So do you see your company buying a Mainframe strictly to run Linux on?