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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Categories Core OS
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 25, 2023

Converge the IBM i operating system with PASE (or AIX) and produce one merged operating system that is primarily Linux-based but can run IBM i code and databae

It is clear that IBM i is being "enhanced" by simply added more and more open source and SQL functions, and no a lot of anything else. I suggest IBM start a project to combine both Linux/AIX/PASE and IBM i as was done with S/36 SSP and S/38 CPF back in the 1980s. This would provide a way to be "current" and compatible with the current trends in IT technology without waiting for a port of an OSS project. In addition, it would add substantially cool functionality to let's say Linux that would include CL commands, RPG IV, and Db2. Clearly the need for DDS is limited and doesn't need to be ported (but could be). 

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Feb 24, 2023
    Thank you for submitting your request. While we may have a number of large projects under investigation for future, this is beyond the scope of what can be committed to in this forum.
  • Guest
    Feb 20, 2023


    I'm not sure where you have been looking but from what I recall of the last 35 years of working on IBM i and the S/36 before it, IBM i has been enhanced with more new native features in the last 10 years than it was in the first 25 years

    But I do agree that the more "natively" we can run AIX and Linux code on IBM i, the better and from what I can see, this is exactly the road map that IBM us following

    Best wishes, Steve

    Steve Bradshaw

    IBM Champion, Member of CEAC, TD of and friendly techie at