Archives of linuxvm.org
10/02/2001 - Mark Post came across an
article from back in July that talks about Newell Rubbermaid implementing
Multi Router Traffic Grapher (MRTG) on Linux/390.
10/02/2001 - Mark Post came across a
Linux/390 presentation by David Mastrobattista of Giga Information Group,
an industry analyst that follows Linux/390 pretty closely.
10/02/2001 - Back in July, Matt Zimmerman
published a pointer to a performance comparison of the ext2, ext3, jfs,
reiserfs, vfat, and xfs file systems on Linux. The link finally started to
work, so we're just now publicizing the URL.
10/03/2001 - Rob van der Heij posted a
pointer to his presentation on "X-Windows Configuration on Linux for S/390"
for the z/VM, VSE and Linux Technical Conference in Jacksonville, Florida
on May 7, 2001.
10/04/2001 - Phil Tully reported that
he had installed iASP (instant ASP) from Halcyon Software. The initial
tests appeared successful.
10/04/2001 - Jim Elliott sent in a
pointer to an overview of DB2 Connect, in response to a number of
questions about the product.
10/07/2001 - Jim Sibley reported that a microcode upgrade to his G6 mainframe resulted in the same error that others had experienced with their z900. To run their QDIO cards, they had to start providing a port name to the driver. He also discovered that providing the port name before the microcode update generated a similar, if not identical error:
qeth: received an IDX TERMINATE on irq 0x3C3E/0x3C3F with cause code 0x22He concluded that "the change to the qeth options must be coordinated with the mcl change."
10/08/2001 - Rick Troth agreed to
have his Samba presentation from SHARE 97 put on the linuxvm.org
web site. It can be found here:
10/09/2001 - In response to Rob
Van der Heij shooting himself in the foot, Matt Zimmerman put in
a patch request to debian.org to prevent the mkswap command from
writing to an already-mounted disk.
10/11/2001 - Neale Ferguson posted
a URL to a news article that the Sonera Entrum ISP in Finland had
decided to replace 60 Windows® NT and Sun servers with Linux/390.
10/11/2001 - Oliver Paukstadt of Millenux
announced an update of the ThinkBlue/64 distribution to version 7.1a,
consisting of the same things as version 7.1, but with all the updates
10/11/2001 - Mark Post posted a summary
of a new advertisement by Sun Microsystems that attacks Linux/390. The
PDF file is a little large (213KB) but can be found here:
10/12/2001 - After recovering from
his self-inflicted foot injury, Rob van der Heij posted a URL to a
step-by-step process on how to upgrade a SuSE 7.0 system to a 2.4.7
kernel. To quote Rob: "Do understand that the 2.4.7 patches are
still very fresh and you may get all kind of trouble doing so. Read
the warning signs with the patches on the web site. It is fun to
kick the tires, but do consider a distribution for your production
10/12/2001 - Olivier Fleurigeon reported a tool named CheckInstall: "this tool create a binary package (tgz, rpm or deb) from any source package. instead of typing : make install, or an_install_command, you type :
checkinstall ( or checkinstall an_install_command )and it's done. your newly compiled package is installed, and a binary package is ready to be installed elsewhere... I happily use that on linux/386 and linux/390, and thought it deserved publicity"
10/12/2001 - Despina Papadopoulou announced that patches for 2.4.7 are now available from the IBM DeveloperWorks site for both S/390 and zSeries, and that an updated HiperSockets Device Driver manual is available. Some additional notes:
10/12/2001 - Despina Papadopoulou
announced that structure of the IBM Linux/390 site had been changed,
and that everyone should update their bookmarks. It appears that
the "alpha" designation for newer patches has been retired. There
are only links to "recommended" and "experimental." The OCO modules
are available on the same pages as the source patches. The primary
entry to the site is now:
10/13/2001 - Neale Ferguson posted
a note that Samba 2.2.2 was now available. He included the release
notes from the Samba development team.
10/16/2001 - Jim Elliott announced
"The IBM Java 1.2.2 and 1.3.0 JDKs for Linux for S/390 are now
available for download from SuSE's FTP server at:
10/17/2001 - Neale Ferguson posted
the URL to an article about Sun and IBM taking ideas from each others'
10/17/2001 - In response to a query, Jim
Elliott posted this URL to IBM's information on running Linux on AS/400
systems, now named "iseries." (Well, this is the URL that finally came
up after all the internal web server redirections.) Other people mentioned
that SuSE sells a Linuxppc distribution. Mark Post pointed to two other
(related) web sites as well.
10/17/2001 - Mark Post found yet another
article about IBM selling it's 1,000th zSeries processor.
10/17/2001 - Ross Patterson posted
a URL to an article about stock analysts raising price targets for
companies that sell hardware and software for the S/390 mainframe.
This included IBM (of course), CA (hi Ross!), BMC (hi Rick!), and
others. The reason it was relevant to the mailing list was the last
paragraph: "This mainframe capacity increase is not simply based on
running the same software at a higher clock speed, McPeake wrote.
"Running Linux Virtual Machines to emulate multiple servers, a
single mainframe can run the equivalent of hundreds of individual
UNIX servers at once, with higher reliability and lower costs than
a distributed server system."
10/18/2001 - In response to a lot
of discussion on how to automate the shutdown of a lot of Linux/390
systems, David Boone reported that his company (GreenLight Advantage)
has a product named AdminUX that includes that capability, among a
lot of other things. Malcolm Beattie replied that he has developed
a small kernel module that will allow a Linux/390 daemon to detect
that a specific external interrupt has been received, and start
the shutdown process.
10/19/2001 - Neale Ferguson was the
first to report yet another news article about Linux/390. This one
discusses IBM extending support for Linux on the z900 servers, in
particular handling lots of secure transactions. Another take on
it is available at Linuxworld.
10/19/2001 - Mark Post reported that
a company named ITC is now offering commercial support for Linux/390
distributions in DDR format on 3490 tape, and CD-ROMS.
10/19/2001 - Mark Post reported that
the Sine Nomine web site has a bunch of OpenAFS patches, and Rob van
der Heij's source RPM for VNC for Linux/390.
10/25/2001 - There were numerous
articles about Boscov's Department Stores moving to Linux/390,
reported by Colman Fink, Mark Post, and Neale Ferguson.
10/26/2001 - In possible retaliation
for Sun Microsystems' advertisement attacking Linux/390, IBM published
a "Solaris to Linux Porting Guide." It includes reasons why you
might want to migrate from Solaris to Linux, issues you might encounter
along the way, and a "roadmap" on how to get there.
10/28/2001 - David Boyes reported that
Oracle finally put up their survey for devlopers to register interest
in the Linux/390 port of their DBMS. The URL given below will also be
the location for the Oracle 9i DB Developer Release when it comes
available. The data collected will validate even further their decision
to make this product available. (Note, when I followed the link below,
I wound waiting and retrying quite a bit.)
10/29/2001 - Rod Clayton posted a request
for information on how script an http session from the client side. One
of the items that came in response was a pointer to cURL, the "client that
groks URLs." From the webpage:
10/29/2001 - Mark Post reported a short
article about new company named lindows.com.
Quoting the article:
10/29/2001 - Dennis Andrews of UTS Global
posted an announcement of their new Backup and Restore software package for
Linux/390. This provides yet another alternative to people who are upset
with Tivoli's lack of responsiveness to their customers' needs.
10/30/2001 - Dick Waite gave a pointer to
a Linux variant of an OS/2 and Windows® tool (ZtreeBold), named UnixTree.
UnixTree is a console-mode filemanager for Unix and Linux systems.
10/30/2001 - Despina Papadopoulou
posted a "recommended" alpha patch for Linux-2.2.16. Quoting Despina:
10/30/2001 - Thomas Emde asked about
methods to keep user passwords synchronized across multiple systems.
In addition to recommendations for NIS, and LDAP, Ross Patterson
posted that Computer Associates has a product called eTrust Access
Control that will do this, among other things, and is available in
versions for Linux/x86 and Linux/390.
10/30/2001 - James Dorsey posted the
following link in response to a question about Linux image cloning/management
software. The web page states "SystemImager software automates the
installation of Linux to masses of similar machines."
10/31/2001 - Despina Papadopoulou posted
a notice that "An updated HiperSockets Support manual can be found
on developerWorks, under Documentation 2.4. The update includes major
editorial revisions. No new code is associated with the update."
10/31/2001 - Robert Matthews posted the
following link in response to a question about rpl. From the web page:
10/31/2001 - Neale Ferguson posted a link
to an article about Linux and Linux/390, "IBM Roils Linux Waters."