IBM delivers Linux mainframes to the open source world

http://searchdatacenter.techtarget.com/news/4500251965/IBM-delivers-Linux-mainframes-to-the-open-source-world

“IBM plunged its proprietary mainframes headlong into the open source waters, delivering two Linux-only mainframes and its largest mainframe code drop to the open source community.

IBM also signed an agreement with Canonical Ltd. to create a version ofUbuntu for IBM’s z Systems and committed to enable products, such asApache Spark and MongoDB, on z Systems.”

Conclusion: Native Linux on mainframes is an exciting new possibility but it makes you wonder if Linux is the best choice of an operating system for a mainframe. What about AIX? It’s supposedly more proper for large workloads than Linux; on POWER at least. And what about Ubuntu as a choice of Linux distribution? Wouldn’t Red Hat had been a better choice? It seems that IBM is losing trust in it’s core systems.

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