Linux takes its first steps on iSeries

Linux on the AS/400 may not yet have come of age, but it has at least taken its first faltering steps with announcements from two...

Linux on the AS/400 may not yet have come of age, but it has at least taken its first faltering steps with announcements from two major open source suppliers.

German based Suse has released its Linux Developer Edition for iSeries based on Kernel 2.4.3, which includes the IBM Java Developer Kit for Linux. It has also announced details of its first iSeries commercial implementation. Based in Lauchringer, Germany, textile company Lauffenmuehle has implemented Suse version 7.1, in the partition of an iSeries 820, for its stock planning and control system. The application is run in parallel with partitions running test systems, OS/400, and traditional web applications such as firewalls. The project was implemented in six weeks by IBM business partner Fritz & Macziol GmbH.

'Small to mid-sized customers are searching for integrated, enterprise-class Linux solutions that help them reduce server sprawl,' said Kim Stevenson, vice president of IBM eServer marketing operations. 'Linux on eServer iSeries takes advantage of the strengths of Linux and OS/400 and provides an easy-to-manage server consolidation solution for mid-sized businesses looking to drive down cost and complexity.'

Suse's rival in the Linux space, Californian-based TurboLinux, has announced version 6.5 of its own offering claiming it will provide functionality previously unavailable to iSeries users. It includes Linux's firewall and Web server, and Windows compatible file, print and email services. The company believes the new release will allow customers faster access to data and the growing number of Linux applications which utilise IBM middleware.

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Create!form International has released a new version of its flagship electronic forms formatting, management and production printing software. Create!form 2.0, is claimed to allow an organisation to fully customise application output and produce professional quality documents on plain paper without changing existing systems. It says users can create customised documents, including variable data, graphics, bar codes and MICR cheque printing support. The product works for both OS/400 and Windows NT/2000, and small business solutions start at around £6,000.

Leading IBM business partner Syan, has taken over the Knutsford based iSeries specialist PR Technology. Syan says PR Technology's specialism in areas such as iSeries consultancy, LPAR and high availability, will complement its existing skills in application and system support services. 'The combined talents of Syan and PR Technology will allow us to give our customers even better service and value for money,' said Jeff Trendell, Syan chairman.

Performance management solutions provider Silvon Software, has released Stratum.InfoCast, an enterprise report writer and delivery server for its analytical applications. It utilises Microsoft Excel technology and is aimed at helping users of Silvon's DataTracker and applications to create, schedule and broadcast key analytical reports to internal and external users. Silvon claims it gives users the option of receiving reports in various industry standard formats.

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