Linked by David Adams on Thu 15th Jul 2010 16:56 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
IBM For only the second time since Big Blue entered the Unix market for real in February 1990 with the launch of the RS/6000 line of workstations and servers, the company is letting customers who use its Power-based servers take a future AIX release for a test drive in an open beta program
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Will it work on Apple G5 Hardware?
by MacMan on Thu 15th Jul 2010 17:43 UTC
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Any ideas of AIX will work on Apple G5 hardware?

I'm not really familiar with AIX, used it once for about 10 minutes about 5 years ago. Does AIX offer anything substantial feature wise (other then the obvious binary compatibility with existing AIX software) that Linux/Solaris do not?

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poundsmack Member since:

It will not ;) would be cool if it did though.

AIX offers a very good mission critical system built for IBM's POWER chips. so its highly targeted to it's hardware, it's very secure, it's very fast, and a bunch of other stuff.

Edited 2010-07-15 17:49 UTC

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SReilly Member since:

I agree with most of what you say but it's the secure part I'm definitely not in agreement with. The default install leaves things like FTP and Telnet ports open by default plus all the remote management software runs as root.

The worst culprit of all, in my opinion, is the ssh implementation. It's always at least several versions behind the latest release and last time I looked, it didn't come installed by default. In fact, you had to download it from sourceforge.

One thing that has always annoyed me is the hardware management console, an X86 system running a cut down Linux that is used to manage all your POWER based systems on your network. It's also insecure by default and once you have control of this one machine, you can give yourself root access to any machine.

So all in all, very sloppy security by IBM.

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Kebabbert Member since:

AIX v7 scales better now. Earlier versions of AIX had no good scaling. POWER servers used to have fewer and high clocked cpus, therefore AIX had no need to scale better. But with the new POWER7, it has 8 cores just like the old Niagara SPARC. So AIX had to be rewritten to scale well, using all 8 cores in each CPU.

I wonder how well AIX scales now? Only slightly better than earlier AIX or is the vertical scaling as bad as in Linux? To scale vertically is very hard to do. To scale horizontally is easy, just add another node to your network - this is Linux strength.

(BTW, Solaris have scaled well on many cpus and cores, for many years).

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