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Linux Everywhere: More than a Slogan

  • February 23, 2000
  • By Scott Courtney

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm very excited about what has been accomplished by the two porting teams and by the other contributors. Getting Linux to run, and to run very well, on hardware this foreign is no mean feat and these folks deserve a virtual beer for one seriously cool hack. I learn something new every day from these folks, and I am humbled to be in their company online.

One of the lessons I've had to learn during my fifteen years in computing is that sometimes people doing things the old way are doing so for very good reasons. Linux is a fine mixture of the mature, elegant architecture of UNIX and the latest ideas from the glitzy world of PCs. Mainframes and their admins are not the fossils that some people think they are. They are adapting at remarkable speed to the new open-standards computing model of the Internet, and bringing to that world their time-tested approach to managing systems that simply must not ever break down. The synergy between the Linux world and the mainframe world promises to benefit both, if only we will each open our minds to the other's point of view.

About the Author
Formerly a computer engineer at a large manufacturing company, Scott Courtney is now an editor on the Linux Channel at internet.com. He can be reached by e-mail to scourtney@internet.com.

Copyright � 2000 by Scott D. Courtney. All Rights Reserved. For reprint permission, contact the author. Opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone. They do not necessarily represent the views of IBM Corporation, of any of the project teams mentioned herein, or of the author's employer.

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