SuSE Linux en TurboLinux hebben aangekondigd dat zij in samenwerking met IBM, S/390 ports van hun Linux distributies in ontwikkeling hebben. De beta van de SuSE S/390 release komt in juni beschikbaar:
Today, SuSE Linux, the international technology leader and solution provider in open source operating system (OS) software, announced the porting of SuSE Linux OS to the IBM S/390 server platform. The first Beta Version (presented at Vista 2000) will be available for download from SuSEs ftp-server (ftp://ftp.suse.com) in late June. The release of the production version is scheduled for fall of this year.
IBM's S/390 enterprise server, is the backbone of business critical data processing. Mission-critical applications that require the traditional strength of the S/390 platform - unmatched in reliability, security, scalability and availability - can now be complemented by other new applications running on Linux.
SuSE, with the first worldwide, truly cross-platform Linux distribution on the S/390, has taken a decisive step to enhance Linux as a relevant server-operating system in the business space. International Data Cooperation (IDC) announced the market-share for Linux server operating environments rose from 16% last year to 25% this year.
The S/390 architecture allows the configuration of logical partitions on a single machine so that different operating systems (OS/390, VM/ESA, VSE/ESA, Linux) can run in parallel. SuSE's interoperatability allows professional users to take advantage of running traditional OSs and SuSE Linux S/390 in parallel. They can use standard Internet applications, such as Apache or Sendmail, on the OS/390.
In addition to the Intel Platform, SuSE Linux also runs on PowerPC and Alpha processors. SuSE's availability on the S/390 facilitates the system administration tasks across heterogeneous network through SuSE's common system administration tool, YaST. At the same time, it minimizes the expenditure for development or acquisition of new products.
"IBM welcomes and advocates SuSE's commitment to provide overall Linux support for S/390," comments Tom Rosamilia, Vice President, IBM S/390 Software Development. "From our ThinkPads to the S/390 mainframes, the variety of SuSE Linux supported platforms offers unique opportunities to IBM customers under the roof of a standardized open source operating system.
"Today, our special thanks are addressed to the S/390 technicians. In cooperation with the developers of SuSE Labs, they created a functional Linux basis for the S/390 in the shortest imaginable time, " explains Dirk Hohndel, CTO of SuSE Linux AG in Germany. "With SuSE Linux for the S/390, we establish Linux as a cost-effective and reliable alternative to the top tier of operating systems, Unix. Now Linux is a major league player in the enterprise server environment and in business critical data processing."