Archives of linuxvm.org
01/02/2003 - Matt Zimmerman reported that he
had updated his pre-built Debian/390 CCKD image from Debian 3.0r0 to 3.0r1.
The image is intended for use with Hercules.
01/02/2003 - Mark Post contributed the URL
to an article that discusses the concerns businesses have about using Open
Source software. He commented that "for a site that declares itself
to be about the "Open Enterprise" it's ...surprisingly rational..."
01/07/2003 - Rich Smrcina contributed his
"Linux for S/390 Technical Discussion" to the site. It's been
placed on the presentations page.
01/08/2003 - In response to a question about
web-based 3270 emulators, Terrence Dombrowski recommended Passport from Zephyr
Corporation. He added that there is a freely downloadable trial version.
Frank Chiavoni recommended MochaSoft's Mocha TN3270.
01/08/2003 - In response to the umpteenth question
about a better/faster way to search the mailing list archives, Mark Post said that
he would put a gzipped copy of each month's archives on this web site. They can now
be found on the archives page.
01/08/2003 - Mark Post noticed that the iplvol
script that used Rob van der Heij's method of determining what device number a
Linux/390 system was IPLed from, wasn't working on one of his 2.4 systems. Some
investigation showed that the problem was because the kernel on that system had
been written out using silo and not zipl. Running zipl corrected the problem. The
zipl program uses the eckd0 bootstrap program, which is necessary for the subchannel
address to be stored.
01/09/2003 - The 3270 emulator discussion
wandered off into a discussion of whether or not a local non-sna 3270
controller was needed to install z/VM. The answer was a qualified yes.
Romney White mentioned IBM's 2074 product "...which allows you to
Telnet to your host and look like a locally attached 3270..." John
McKown replied that a cheaper solution is a product from Visara.
01/09/2003 - In response to a question
about web site creation software (as opposed to web page editors)
Alan Cox mentioned Typo3, as well as Red Hat's CCM/CMS as being Open
Source packages for the creation of web sites. Paul Williamson also
recommended "wml," the Website Meta Language, which the
web site describes as a "free and extensible Webdesigner's
off-line HTML generation toolkit for Unix."
01/12/2003 - Mark Post reported discovering
that Sine Nomine Associates is now providing commercial support for SUSE and
Red Hat Linux/390, as well as continuing their support for Debian Linux/390.
01/13/2003 - In response to a question of how
to browse the Linux kernel source without downloading the entire source package,
Alan Altmark recommended the Linux cross-reference. It contains everything that
has been integrated into the official source tree.
01/14/2003 - In response to a question about
what people were using to monitor their Linux/390 systems, Ronny Funk of BMC
suggested that people should take a look at their product line. Tzafrir Cohen
recommended MRTG, and wondered if anyone on the mailing list had any good example
mrtg.cfg files. Jae-hwa Park provided a pointer to some working examples.
01/14/2003 - The question of how to take good
backups was raised again. Patrick Fitzsimmons of Innovation Data Processing
recommended using Innovation's FDR/Upstream product. It can provide both file
level, and DRA backups.
01/14/2003 - paultz contributed a link to an
Enterprise Systems Journal story titled "Linux Headed for the Data
Center," that references a Goldman Sachs report. The report, titled
"Fear the Penguin" indicates "that as Linux continues to
mature... the open source operating system will play a more important role
in enterprise data centers."
01/15/2003 - Mark Post reported an InfoWorld
article that talked about Merrill Lynch deploying Linux on both Intel and
01/15/2003 - Neale Ferguson reported an
Internet.com news article that said AMD and IBM had become Technology
Partners of the United Linux consortium. Being Technology Partners will
provide them with "participation in the UnitedLinux Technical
Advisory Board and its committees, pre-release access to UnitedLinux
deliverables, the right to propose enhancements for consideration by the
UnitedLinux Technical Steering Committee and joint marketing activities."
01/15/2003 - In response to a request for documentation
on configuring sendmail, Tzafrir Cohen (sarcastically) referred to a postfix example.
The response isn't helpful to sendmail users, but is for postfix users.
01/17/2003 - Jim Rich of BEA reported that BEA had
"just completed certification of our WebLogic product for Red Hat, and that is the
only environment that will work for WebLogic." He also said that downloads page would
be updated in a day or so. He also recommended looking at IBM's web page that documents
what platforms their version of Java have been tested on.
01/20/2003 - Neale Ferguson reported an article on IBM's plans to introduce "a pre-configured and tested Linux on mainframe installation." The package would contain:
01/22/2003 - Responding to someone who was having
problems connecting to a 2074 using x3270, Paul Winder said that he had success doing
just that using version 3.2A1, and that anything newer should work.
01/22/2003 - Robert Matthews forwarded the URL to a
Financial Times story about the threat Linux can pose to various segments of the Operation
System market segment. The original URL requires registration, but an alternate was found.
01/22/2003 - Dave Jones reported an article/press release
about Marist College working with IBM "on a project to provide virtual Linux servers on
an IBM mainframe to each of Marist's computer science students, giving them a secure,
independent virtual computer for each student to use throughout their undergraduate
01/24/2003 - James Causey contributed a link to a
very funny (because it's largely accurate) Flash animation about Super Villains
switching to Linux.
01/27/2003 - In response to someone who was asking
about tools to clone Linux/390 images, Bill Beinert recommended looking at Levanta
from Linuxcare (now Levanta). Avinoam Hirschberg of Aduva, mentioned their tool that
is marketed by BMC named Deployment Manager for Linux. Dave Jones mentioned the cloning
tool by Tung-Sing Chong that IBM uses to demonstrate the concept a trade shows, and
is now freely available.
01/27/2003 - Rick Troth announced that CMSFS version
1.1.6 was available. This version includes the fix from Richard Hirst. Although the
user mode utilities seem to work fine, the kernel driver is still not reliable.
01/27/2003 - During a discussion about various methods
of backing up date, Matt Zimmerman recommended rdiff-backup, from the Debian distribution:
01/29/2003 - In response to a question about using
virtual HiperSockets, and the need for broadcast capability, Adam Thornton reiterated
that HiperSockets don't support broadcast, and if that is needed, you should use
Virtual OSAs (QDIO) instead. "Both are supported in z/VM 4.3. The only difference is
CP DEFINE LAN OWNER LANID TYPE HIPER orhttp://www2.marist.edu/htbin/wlvtype?LINUX-VM.33515
CP DEFINE LAN OWNER LANID TYPE QDIO"
01/29/2003 - paultz reported an article that
talked about the US Department of Homeland Security switching its web site to
Oracle running on Linux. "Note there is no comment as to whether it is related
to recent SQL woes."
01/30/2003 - Matt Zimmerman contributed a link
to a set of Debian web pages that provide a tremendous amount of information on
installing the Debian S/390 distribution.
01/31/2003 - Mark Post reported an article on
the addition of NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) to the Linux 2.5 development
kernel. Mark said "While this may or may not have much applicability to
Linux/390, per se, it's another Enterprise feature that's being introduced
to the operating system that will make it more likely for Linux in general
to wind up being used in big/critical application. Increasing awareness and
acceptance of Linux in general will possibly result in the same for Linux/390."
01/31/2003 - Neale Ferguson contributed a link
to an article about SUSE and IBM winning a contract from the Kommunales
Rechenzentrum Niederrhein (KRZN), a public sector data center serving more
than 60 counties in the northwestern section of Germany, to run mainframe Linux.