Linked by David Adams on Wed 7th Sep 2011 21:15 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Sources close to Canonical and IBM are telling me that Ubuntu may soon be certified on IBM's System p mini-computers and blades and System z mainframes.
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by phoenix on Wed 7th Sep 2011 21:41 UTC
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I highly doubt that this is certifying Ubuntu to run a baremetal install. Instead, this will be running Ubuntu inside the mainframe equivalent of a VM (or LPARS or whatever the IBM terminology is).

This is really no different than Ubuntu being certified to run in MS Hyper-V. It's just a guest OS install.

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RE: Misleading?
by CapEnt on Wed 7th Sep 2011 22:48 in reply to "Misleading?"
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Since Linux can run baremetal on a System z, it will be quite strange that this certification only cover the z/VM.

I could be wrong, but RedHat and Novell looks to be certified to run as a baremetal install, thus Ubuntu will not be the first case.

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RE[2]: Misleading?
by Lennie on Wed 7th Sep 2011 23:06 in reply to "RE: Misleading?"
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RedHat and Suse don't run baremetal either.

But on System Z, as I understand it, most operating systems (must ?) use paravirtualization.

Which means special drivers for the special virtual devices which are available on system Z.

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