The strengths of the AIX operating system are well known among in the UNIX software community. Its reliability and great degree of scaling make AIX the perfect choice for hosting mission-critical applications. It is a robust and flexible operating system that meets all the requirements for the various demands of e-business environments. At the same time, Linux is maturing rapidly and generating excitement among software developers that has not been seen in many years.
With the adoption of Linux in early 2000, IBM became very interested in enabling Linux applications to run on the AIX operating system. Thus, the AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications was developed. The Toolbox provides the capability to easily recompile and port Linux applications to AIX and provides tools to work on those applications. In addition, Linux can be installed natively on pSeries and RS/6000 hardware. This opens the pSeries hardware platform for additional Linux and Open Source applications.
Countless developers around the world are completely focused on developing applications for Linux systems. You can easily port these applications and run them directly on AIX while taking advantage of all the features and benefits that the AIX operating system offers—or you can let them run under a native Linux operating system on pSeries.
This IBM Redbook will show you what you need in order to run Linux applications on pSeries. The AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications contains a large collection of Open Source and GNU software built for AIX 5L and AIX 4.3.3 for IBM eServer pSeries systems and IBM RS/6000. The book will help you comprehend and install the Toolbox, understand the procedure to follow for porting Open Source software utilizing the Toolbox, and give a detailed description of a large number of the tools delivered in the Toolbox. It will also describe the procedure to install a native Linux operating system on several pSeries hardware types in detail—including some common Linux applications.
About The Author
Dr. Jan-Rainer Lahmann is an IBM eServer Consultant and IT Architect in Germany. He holds a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He has ten years of experience managing RS/6000 and Linux clusters. Currently, he is a technical expert for Linux environments on both the pSeries and zSeries systems. The ITSO Austin invited him to be a guest Project Leader for this redbook project.
Luis Ferreira (also known as “Luix”) is a Software Engineer at IBM Corporation - International Technical Support Organization, Austin Center, working on Linux, AIX, and Grid computing projects. He has 19 years of experience with UNIX-like operating systems, and holds a MSc. Degree in System Engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Before joining the ITSO, Luis worked at Tivoli Systems as a Certified Tivoli Consultant, at IBM Brazil as a Certified IT Specialist, and at Cobra Computadores as a Kernel Developer and Software Designer.