IBM Launches New Program for Linux Developers

IBM is launching a new program called the Linux Community Development System, which provides free access to IBM eServer zSeries mainframes for independent software developers to write Linux software applications. The program allows developers to work independently on their own virtual mainframe running Linux and Shark storage subsystem, with complete autonomy.

Developers can enroll in the program via the IBM Linux home page at Participants will be given access in stages and will choose between a SuSE or TurboLinux zSeries distribution of Linux and will be offered access for either 30, 60 or 90 days. The unique capabilities of the mainframe allow it to be partitioned into thousands of virtual stand-alone servers, allowing users to work independently without affecting the thousands of other users on the same physical machine. Developers can re-boot or recompile programs without interfering with others on the system, a luxury not available to developers working on Sun or HP boxes. The program is aimed at helping Linux developers build new enterprise applications that enable customers to consolidate their distributed servers on a single IBM zSeries mainframe.