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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RE[3]: Misleading?
by Nth_Man on Fri 9th Sep 2011 17:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Misleading?"
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RedHat and Suse don't run baremetal either.
Linux can run on the mainframe, natively, baremetal.

In the article, one comment says "IBM provides IFL which is a chip specifically for running Linux on the mainframe with or without zVM". Then we can see it graphically in

That image is from the page, where you can search for the text "native Linux".

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RE[4]: Misleading?
by Lennie on Fri 9th Sep 2011 18:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Misleading?"
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Ohh, I didn't know that, seems they do that since 2000.

A special chip ?

I guess that means a special CPU-microcode ?

Yep, just checked on Wikipedia it says:
"The specialty processors are all identical and IBM locks out certain functions based on what the processor is characterized as" ... "reduced cost"

Seems the special chips are optional, has stuff disabled so you can only use it for Linux but at a reduced cost.

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RE[4]: Misleading?
by Kebabbert on Sat 10th Sep 2011 12:01 in reply to "RE[3]: Misleading?"
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I read from several places that all IBM Mainframe OSes are running ontop a hypervisor, that no OS runs baremetal.

Are you sure that Linux can run baremetal on IBM Mainframes? Do you have a reference or link?

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RE[5]: Misleading?
by Nth_Man on Sat 10th Sep 2011 15:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Misleading?"
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In we can see that in those mainframes you can run Linux inside a "virtual machine" (using z/VM) ... or you can run Linux without a virtual machine (as a native operating system).

If you visit, with Javascript enabled, this page:
- you click on the "No additional IBM software charges for traditional environment" link,
- you search for "native Linux",
- you see the mentioned diagram afterwards.

In my case, I visited, with Javascript disabled, this page:
- searched for "native Linux",
- saw the mentioned diagram afterwards.

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