[SunRescue] OT: AS/400 stuff

Ken Hansen rescue at sunhelp.org
Tue Jun 5 17:08:34 CDT 2001

S/390 is *POSIX* compliant - this is to enable IBM to sell lots of
mainframes into the US govenrment, which requires all their machines to be
POSIX compliant. THat is why WinNT is POSIX compliant as well.

POSIX <> Unix - not even close.

There once was a time whrn the Government decreed that all the computers
they buy will be ASCII-based, and IBM had the might to say "no, we think
EBCIDC (sp?) is better" and won, the government kept buying IBM mainframes
that were not ASCII compliant.

I have never heard of a mainframe application that exploited POSIX library.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Devin L. Ganger" <devin at thecabal.org>
To: <rescue at sunhelp.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2001 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: [SunRescue] OT: AS/400 stuff

> On Tue, Jun 05, 2001 at 02:23:44PM -0400, Joshua D. Boyd wrote:
> > On Tue, 5 Jun 2001, Ken Hansen wrote:
> > > IBM *controls* the market, and has no reason to offer low-cost OSs.
> > Then why did IBM need to make OS/390 unix compliant?  Sure, they might
> > control the market, but if they don't attract developers, then customers
> > won't keep coming either.  Why do you think they have a new program
> > free access to linux partitions on their zSeries machines to developers?
> They own the market today.  They've learned enough to make sure to take
> steps today so that they still own the market tomorrow.
> --
> Devin L. Ganger <devin at thecabal.org>
> find / -name *base* -exec chown us:us {} \;
> su -c someone 'export UP_US=thebomb'
> for f in great justice ; do sed -e 's/zig//g' < $f ; done
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