Archives of linuxvm.org
08/01/2002 - Peter Webb reported a news
article that said that "Copies of OpenSSH packages on popular
download sites have been trojaned, developers have warned." The
binary files had not been touched, but the source files had. In the
./configure file, commands had been added to compile
and link a trojan that would contact a remote system on port 6667. This
is typically the port used by IRC (Internet Relay Chat) servers. The
OpenSSH developers have replaced the source files with the correct versions.
The trojaned files were only available between July 30 and August 1 when
it was discovered. If you downloaded OpenSSH source during that time
period, you should get a new copy.
08/01/2002 - Carsten Otte of IBM reported a
fix for the IUCV driver for 2.4.7. It eliminates the initialization delay
a number of people had been reported. David Kennedy of Linuxcare had
initially patched this problem, and this fix is the official version of
that from IBM. Fritz Elfert of IBM stated that David's fix introduced a
problem on multi-CPU Linux/390 guests on VM that the IBM version avoids.
08/01/2002 - Jerry Whitteridge asked how
he could assign the right CNTL key on his Linux desktop to be the ENTER
key while in x3270. He was used to that key being ENTER when logging onto
his z/OS system with his Windows®-based 3270 emulator. Steve Ware and Paul
Rogers offered two different ways of getting it done. Steve's suggestion
x3270.keymap.default: \ <Key>Pause: Clear()\n\ <Key>Escape: Reset()\n\ <Key>Insert: Insert()\n\ <Key>Return: Newline()\n\ <Key>Control_R: Enter()\n\ Ctrl<Key>End: EraseEOF()\n\ <Key>End: FieldEnd()\n\ <Key>Prior: PF(7)\n\ <Key>Next: PF(8)\n\ Shift<Key>F1: PF(13)\n\ Shift<Key>F2: PF(14)\n\ etc.Paul's method was:
"Try adding the following (adjust to your taste) to your .Xresources (or wherever your system is configured to look for your X resource definitions), doing a xrdb -merge .Xresources and then try x3270."
! ! Let's make a few adjustments to the default x3270 keymap... ! x3270.keymap.custom: \ <Key>Insert: ToggleInsert()\n\ <Key>Next: PF(8)\n\ <Key>Prior: PF(7)\n\ <Key>Escape: Reset()\n\ <Key>Return: Newline()\n\ <Key>Control_R: Enter()\n ! ! ... and tell x3270 to use our adjustments. ! x3270.keymap: customhttp://www.marist.edu/htbin/wlvtype?LINUX-VM.29223
08/05/2002 - Neale Ferguson reported that a new Redpaper was now available from IBM, "Linux on IBM zSeries and S/390: Server Consolidation with Linux for zSeries." According to the abstract of the paper, "This paper provides an introduction to server consolidation with Linux for zSeries. It covers the following areas:"
08/05/2002 - Jim Elliott posted the URL to
an article about various companies and governments moving work to Linux.
The German bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, and numerous US companies
08/07/2002 - Mark Post forwarded a pointer to a "companion piece" to the "Solaris-to-Linux porting guide" that IBM had previously published. This one is titled "Technical guide for porting applications from Solaris to Linux, version 1.0" and contains these major sections:
08/08/2002 - Gerhard Hiller of IBM reported the following update to the DeveloperWorks web site:
08/08/2002 - Mark Post reported an InfoWorld article
about a series of IBM announcements regarding Linux and its use in the Small and Medium
Business (SMB) sector.
08/08/2002 - Neale Ferguson posted the link to an article
on an O'Reilly and Associates web site that talks about CASE tools in general, and then
about which ones are available for large system development in a Linux environment.
08/09/2002 - Mike Grundy of IBM announced that Dynamic
Probes version 3.6.3 has been released.
08/11/2002 - David Bond of Tachyon Software announced
an HLASM-compatible assembler for Linux/390.
08/15/2002 - Dave Jones posted an IBM press release that
talks about moving some of its internal "key applications" to Linux. Jim
Elliott dug up the pointer to the offical press on the web.
08/15/2002 - Neale Ferguson provided a link to a CNET
article on Verizon and Air New Zealand moving to Linux. Air New Zealand is replacing
a total of 300 Compaq servers with a z800. There was also some discussion of the
mistakes made by Verizon in planning the transition.
08/16/2002 - Gerhard Hiller of IBM reported the following updates to the DeveloperWorks web site:
08/20/2002 - Mike MacIsaac posted a link to a CNET story
on the sale of Turbolinx to Software Research Associates, based in Japan.
08/20/2002 - In response to a query about finance
applications that run on Linux/390, John Summerfield suggested sql-ledger, which
is completely written in Perl.
08/21/2002 - After the umpteenth-thousandth inquiry,
Jim Elliott was able to get the following statement out of Lotus regarding Domino
08/22/2002 - In a fit of whimsy, Rob van der Heij
reported packaging a new RPM for Linux/390:
08/23/2002-09/05/2002 - Thanks to the generosity of a large number of the presenters at SHARE 99, Mark Post was able to upload their presentations to the presentations page on this site.
08/26/2002 - David Boyes announced the availability
of a FAQ-O-Matic "FAQ list for VM, particularly for hosting Linux images."
David also stated "I've populated it with a set of basic topics and questions
that I've heard from various people. Over the next few days, I'll be adding lots
of content (and a preview of the upcoming z/VM for Dummies book I just submitted to
a couple of publishers), but others are welcome to submit topics and answers, which
will be automatically included in the FAQ and credited to their original source.
To submit items, you do need to register (and will be prompted to do so) but only
to protect the FAQ from random spam twits."
08/26/2002 - Sebastian Welton discovered a Computerworld
article (in German) that seemed surprised at David Mastrobattista's comments during
his session at SHARE 99. David pointed out that although Linux may be low or no cost,
the system management tools and support contracts needed are not. Bob Lamerand dug up
the English version of the article.
08/27/2002 - In response to a query for links for tuning
VM and Linux, Kurt Acker recommended the IBM VM web site for general information, as
well as two specific documents, "Linux Performance when running under VM,"
"z/VM Performance Version 4 Release 3.0," and Chapter 17 of the "Virtual
Machine Resource Manager."
08/29/2002 - Michael Short reported an article from
Enterprise Systems Journal that talked about how using Linux/390 for server consolidations
can be cost effective, even though the hardware and software isn't cheap. The lead
paragraph states "Mainframe shops aren't simply deploying Linux because it's free.
In fact, Big Iron Linux adoption is succeeding in spite of the fact that Linux running
on S/390 or zSeries is by no means an inexpensive proposition." The author also
quoted Lionel Dyck directly.
08/29/2002 - Phil Tully reported that "Oracle9i
Database Enterprise Edition Release 2 for Linux/390 is available." The two files
are 440,724,391 and 616,447,271 bytes in size (420MB and 588MB, respectively).
08/30/2002 - David Boyes reported that a copy of the
original 1972 IBM VM/370 sales presentation had been unearthed, and was now available
on the Sine Nomine web site. Harry Williams and Martha McConaghy of Marist College found
it and lent it to David for copying. David finished his post by commenting "It's
interesting in that pretty much everything in this presentation is still true and
accurate about VM. Not bad for turning 30, hmm?"
08/30/2002 - In response to a query about the availability
of a Linux/390 distribution that was in the form of a VM DDR minidisk backup on tape, Pat
Abruzzese mentioned that Velocity Software had distributed something very much like that
in the past to people who had requested it. Mark Post also replied, stating that a company
named Information Technology Company has a for-cost program that does it also.
08/31/2002 - Motohiro Kanda announced that the
"Mainframe OS compatible file system and Hitachi hardware patch for kernel
2.4.7 is now available." He also mentioned that the patches were against the stock
Linux 2.4.7 with the latest IBM patches for S/390. There were some questions as to
exactly where to get the patch, since the web site is mostly in Japanese.
Mark Post did some poking around and provided a more direct link.