Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd May 2007 15:22 UTC, submitted by kev009
General Unix Prior to the general availability of AIX 6, IBM intends to make a pre-release version of AIX 6 available in an open beta. "AIX is an open, standards-based UNIX operating system that provides the enterprise information technology infrastructure for thousands of clients around the world. IBM intends to take the next step in the evolution of the AIX operating system with the release of the AIX V6.1 OS."
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Playing catch-up
by zimbatm on Tue 22nd May 2007 16:40 UTC
zimbatm
Member since:
2005-08-22

Is it me, or are they trying to play catch-up with other OSes ? All that seems pretty much work they could have put into Linux.

Okay I'm not being fair, but for the fun, here is the feature list with some rough guessed comparisons :

* Workload Partitions - Xen
* Live Application Mobility - Xen live migrations
* Role Based Access Control - Windows ACL, ...
* Trusted AIX - SELinux
* Encrypting filesystem - linux loopback devices, Vista BitLocker, ...
* AIX Security Expert LDAP integration - ActiveDirectory
* Secure by Default installation option - Major trend, just look at the new linux distros and Vista too
* Graphical Installation - L.O.L.
* Network Installation Manager support for NFSv4 - ...
* Kernel support for POWER6 Storage Key - ???
* Concurrent AIX kernel update - Linux modules
* Dynamic tracing - DTrace on Solaris
* Enhanced software first failure data capture - better dump

:)

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RE: Playing catch-up
by Robert Escue on Tue 22nd May 2007 16:56 in reply to "Playing catch-up"
Robert Escue Member since:
2005-07-08

I take it you have never used AIX, so let me help you out on your comparison:

* Workload Partitions - more than likely an extension to IBM's LPAR technology
* Role Based Access Control - Check out RBAC for Solaris
* Trusted AIX - More like Trusted Solaris
* Graphical Installation - for people who have bitched about how bad it is to install Solaris have never installed AIX (I have). Install BOS (Base Operating System), want X, load a CD. You want man pages, load another CD, wash, rinse, repeat until AIX is installed with what you want or need.

A graphical installation would only be the beginning of the improvements IBM could add to the AIX installation routine.

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RE[2]: Playing catch-up
by kittynipples on Tue 22nd May 2007 22:01 in reply to "RE: Playing catch-up"
kittynipples Member since:
2006-08-02

Actually, using the installp interface through smit is pretty easy to use, if you know what packages you want. Having the DVD instead of the 7 or 8 CDs (depending on version) helps for convenience too. ;)

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RE: Playing catch-up
by Duffman on Tue 22nd May 2007 17:33 in reply to "Playing catch-up"
Duffman Member since:
2005-11-23

Is it me, or are don't even have a clue about AIX ?

From what I saw on my P5 570s running SAP, linux should try to catch with AIX, not the reverse kid.

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RE: Playing catch-up
by Wes Felter on Tue 22nd May 2007 18:31 in reply to "Playing catch-up"
Wes Felter Member since:
2005-11-15

AIX will always be playng catch-up on feature checklists, because AIX is about reliability and performance, not features. If you want the latest and greatest features, you can always install Linux.

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RE[2]: Playing catch-up
by taos on Wed 23rd May 2007 01:38 in reply to "RE: Playing catch-up"
taos Member since:
2005-11-16

Depending on what kind of feature we're talking about. When it comes to RAS feature, AIX has a decisive lead over Linux.

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RE: Playing catch-up
by NorthWay on Wed 23rd May 2007 00:10 in reply to "Playing catch-up"
NorthWay Member since:
2007-02-22

>* Workload Partitions - Xen

More like SUN containers I believe. Except intended for single applications I think.

>* Live Application Mobility - Xen live migrations

Sure. Or VMWARE.

>* AIX Security Expert LDAP integration - ActiveDirectory

No. SE is a tool that can (as a small part) distribute security profiles. Putting profiles in LDAP seems sensible to me.

>* Graphical Installation - L.O.L.

I'll do with the textbased one. This is one for the featurelist only, not for real admins.

>* Kernel support for POWER6 Storage Key - ???

Dividing a monolithic all-access kernel into "compartments" with access restrictions. AFAIK. 100% dependent on new CPU hw (don't know if some other chips like Itanium might have similar).

>* Concurrent AIX kernel update - Linux modules

I'm betting on it being rather better and more deep-down guts replumbing. Another 24/7 feature you want.

>* Enhanced software first failure data capture - better dump

Nah, this is about watching hw fail. Or hopefully telling before it totally does. More 24/7 features.

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RE: Playing catch-up
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 23rd May 2007 14:18 in reply to "Playing catch-up"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm not a big fan of OS-automobile analogies, but you're effectively criticizing a bulldozer for its lack of lack of air conditioning or leather interior.

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