Chapter 9. Setting Up Linux on the Mainframe

In this chapter, we discuss considerations when setting up Linux on the mainframe. These considerations cover obtaining a distribution, installing it, and customizing it. The customization section discusses options for creating Linux images for different purposes in an efficient way using z/VM. Customization also covers I/O considerations when setting up the environment.

In general, installing the Linux operating system on the mainframe is no different from other platforms. Setting up the hardware for Linux on the mainframe is different because of virtualization technology. Setting up virtual hardware can be easier (and potentially less costly) than setting up real hardware.

Installing Linux itself on the mainframe is relatively easy, as was demonstrated by the "Install Fests" (see 3.2.2, "Spreading the word the Linux install fest"). The initial installation is described in the respective distributor's documentation and is not repeated here. Instead, we focus on configuration choices that can give you some value from Linux on the mainframe.

With Linux on the mainframe, you have an interesting opportunity during the configuration process to address the key areas of availability, security, and management. You can set up for availability early when creating your images. You can also set up for security to a certain degree, and Linux on the mainframe can make it easier to manage both software change and operations. For example, operation management can be simplified if z/VM is set up to be the health monitor. These are choices that you can make when configuring z/VM and the Linux guests.

In this chapter we explore these questions:

  • Where can you obtain a Linux distribution for the mainframe, and what are your criteria for choosing one over another?

  • What are the runtime environment options for Linux on the mainframe?

  • What should you consider when customizing the environment for availability?

Linux on the Mainframe
Linux on the Mainframe
ISBN: 0131014153
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 199 © 2008-2017.
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