On 20 February 2018 at 11:42, Javier Romero <xavinux at gmail.com> wrote: > 2018-02-20 13:21 GMT-03:00 Fabian Arrotin <arrfab at centos.org>: >> On 20/02/18 17:14, Javier Romero wrote: >>> Hi all, >>> >>> I see that IBM LinuxONE, provides a Z Mainframe running with Linux Red >>> Hat, SUSE OR Ubuntu Server distros. >>> >>> Do you think that could also be useful for CentOS to be another option >>> for LinuxONE? >>> >>> Maybe a a CentOS Mainframe SIG can be created to work on this. >>> >>> Thanks for your attention. >>> >>> Regards, >>> >>> Javier Romero >> >> Hi Javier, >> >> That would probably be for the AltArch-SIG , already building CentOS 7 for >> - IBM Power 8 (ppc64, ppc64le) >> - aarch64 (aka ARMv8 , 64bits) >> - armhfp (aka ARMv7 , 32bits) >> - i686 >> >> But the s390 question was raised already in the past, but finding : >> - people willing to bootstrap the rebuild > > Well, I'm very interested on contributing with this. > >> - on dedicated hardware donated to the project (yeah, difficult part) >> is a "challenge" :) > > Is there any chance that IBM donate this hardware for the CentOS > project? Think that will be also useful for that company to have > another Linux distro running on their Z Systems. > I can only say from the Fedora side, that it is very complicated. IBM does not donate mainframes in the same way they may donate PPC hardware to a site. Where-ever the hardware is requires dedicated resources (water cooling, extra power conditioning) and contracts with IBM. The contracts seemed to be the longest time and I don't know what it entailed as it is lawyer stuff. There was just a long time of "we can't" then "oh we can but you will need to use this one system we have in a far away location using these methods". -- Stephen J Smoogen.