On Tuesday 06 November 2018 03:01:22 pm J Leslie Turriff wrote: > > I keep hoping that they will some day release a > back-level version of their Mainframe VM OS for use by hobbyists; that > would be a boon to their efforts to stem the tide of migration off their > proprietary platform, but they don't seem to recognize the power of > familiarizing potential users with their proprietary products. So way off topic... I think the non-release of the Mainframe OS is probably more from the point that the pool of skilled consultants for IBM mainframes would drop doing it. IBM mainframe consultant rates back in the '90s sucked hard compared to Tandem (acquired by Compaq then HP) and the 'good' ones even then were bailing to other platforms. If the 3rd world low cost shops had access to the OS, then I'd guess the rates would get trashed just like PHP, and quite a few other languages/CMSes, have been trashed over the last 10+- years or so. First time business owners don't understand the huge difference in work ethic between (the majority of) 1st world labor and 3rd world labor, so... rates drop... Actually I'm still surprised mainframes exist in the age of things like autoconfiguration ClusterKnoppix for Beowulf clusters, so maybe IBM is going down that route with the RH purchase?