[colug-432] Here's What Happens When an 18 Year Old Buys a Mainframe

Rick Troth rmt at casita.net
Mon Mar 28 12:40:35 EDT 2016

I've enjoyed following this story for the past few weeks and thought
y'all might like this particular video.


It was recorded at the SHARE conference (big mainframe event) in San
Antonio at the start of this month.

You can run Linux on a mainframe w/o any of the traditional IBM
operating systems. (The point being: it's just a computer.) That would
give you KVM virtualization, if you like. You can alternatively get
z/VM, run Linux on that, for substantially more scalable virtualization.
(And I think Connor is getting a copy of z/VM at no charge. Bout time
Big Blue!)

I like mainframe hardware for the volume (scalability) and reliability
(pathological redundancy). Connor picked up his box because he collects
vintage and archaic machines. (He also bought a card punch, which can't
be used with his "z890" w/o a card reader peripheral.) Either way, it's
been an interesting read.

If anyone wants to pay his travel (and put him up) then we might be able
to snag him for a joint COLUG and OSC talk.

-- R; <><

On 03/25/2016 03:52 PM, Mark Post wrote:
> Cross-posted to Linux-390, IBMVM, and IBM-Main
> For anyone that wasn't able to attend Connor Krukosky's SHARE presentation about buying a mainframe and setting it up in his basement, the video is now available!
> It was quite the talk and he received a standing ovation from the audience of 140+ mainframers.  Which included a number of IBM executives. :)  He was invited to give his talk in Poughkeepsie at the IBM z test labs where he got a second standing ovation from the several hundred people there.
> Check it out.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45X4VP8CGtk
> Mark Post
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