To speed development of Linux applications, IBM has introduced the Linux Test Drive for iSeries, which makes available a ‘virtual Linux server’ over the Internet so software vendors and the open source community can write and port their applications to Linux on iSeries.
The iSeries uses advanced ‘partitioning’ technology that allows a single physical server to be divided into dozens of virtual servers that can be accessed remotely by software developers around the world.
IBM believes the combination of Linux and IBM iSeries, with its popularity among small and medium business customers, can help customers consolidate dozens of standalone servers on a single, mainframe-class server – reducing cost and complexity. More than 200,000 customers around the world run their businesses on IBM iSeries.
Software providers can get more information and enroll via the Webat Linux Test Drive. Participants can select from SuSE or Turbolinux distributions of Linux, and can choose between 14-day free access or 30-day access for a fee. The recently announced Red Hat Linux distribution will be supported on the Test Drive server in January.