[opensource] Here's What Happens When an 18 Year Old Buys a Mainframe

Rick Troth rmt at casita.net
Mon Mar 28 12:40:35 EDT 2016


I've enjoyed following this story for the past few weeks and thought
y'all might like this particular video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45X4VP8CGtk


It was recorded at the SHARE conference (big mainframe event) in San
Antonio at the start of this month.

You can run Linux on a mainframe w/o any of the traditional IBM
operating systems. (The point being: it's just a computer.) That would
give you KVM virtualization, if you like. You can alternatively get
z/VM, run Linux on that, for substantially more scalable virtualization.
(And I think Connor is getting a copy of z/VM at no charge. Bout time
Big Blue!)

I like mainframe hardware for the volume (scalability) and reliability
(pathological redundancy). Connor picked up his box because he collects
vintage and archaic machines. (He also bought a card punch, which can't
be used with his "z890" w/o a card reader peripheral.) Either way, it's
been an interesting read.

If anyone wants to pay his travel (and put him up) then we might be able
to snag him for a joint COLUG and OSC talk.

-- R; <><


On 03/25/2016 03:52 PM, Mark Post wrote:
> Cross-posted to Linux-390, IBMVM, and IBM-Main
>
> For anyone that wasn't able to attend Connor Krukosky's SHARE presentation about buying a mainframe and setting it up in his basement, the video is now available!
>
> It was quite the talk and he received a standing ovation from the audience of 140+ mainframers.  Which included a number of IBM executives. :)  He was invited to give his talk in Poughkeepsie at the IBM z test labs where he got a second standing ovation from the several hundred people there.
>
> Check it out.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45X4VP8CGtk
>
>
> Mark Post
>
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