IBM helps support Open Source Software for AIX

Last week (June 28, 2013) I made a rather cryptic tweet
@chromeaix RT @rhy0lite: IBM contributed a #POWER7 #AIX 7.1 system to the #GCC Compile Farm. #powersystems #osuosl http://ow.ly/muf3p

If you followed the link you saw this rather terse message

Posted by Laurent GUERBY on June 28, 2013 - 18:01:
Hi,
We're pleased to announce that gcc111.fsffrance.org a new
powerful POWER7 server made available by IBM (1) and
hosted by OSUOSL (2) is now online in the GCC Compile
Farm (3).

You may want to add /opt/freeware/bin to your PATH to
access some GNU tools. IBM AIX VAC and VAC++ compilers
are in /usr/vac/bin and /usr/vacpp/bin, respectively.

As usual please use the GNA tracking system in preference
to the mailing list, use "Support" requests:
https://gna.org/projects/gcc-cfarm/

The server is an IBM Power 730 Express server configured
with 12 POWER7 cores each with 4 hardware threads at
3.7 GHz, 128 GB of RAM and a few TB of disk. 
It is running AIX 7.1.

Many thanks to IBM and OSUOSL for their support of the GCC
Compile Farm project.
Sincerely, Laurent

(1) http://www.ibm.com 
(2) http://www.osuosl.org 
(3) http://gcc.gnu.org/wiki/CompileFarm

So what does all this mean?

It means that IBM is enhancing support for free and open source software on AIX by  donating a Power 730 Express server running AIX 7.1 to the GCC Compile Farm.

The GCC Compile Farm https://gna.org/projects/gcc-cfarm/ is a resource for free and open source software developers that wish to test or build their software on various machine architectures and operating systems.

This donation allows developers of Open Source packages to more easily access a POWER AIX system for development, maintenance and testing of their packages. Automatic testers for a number of popular packages are installed and running already.

This is a small bit of progress for those of you that have expressed a strong desire for IBM to promote more free and open software on AIX.

Jay

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About Jay Kruemcke

Jay has had more than twenty years of experience in the information technology industry. Starting from a rather humble beginning at IBM, Jay became a mainframe systems support programmer. Eventually Jay joined the AIX operating systems development team early in that product's development. Jay leveraged technical skills that he built in systems management to establish himself as a member of the IBM Austin Executive Briefing Center. His expertise in systems management with the SAP ERP system enabled his first product management role, as the owner of the Tivoli management product for SAP. Over the next three years he established that product as a success with the help of a strong development team. Jay returned to AIX in a product management position initially focusing on managing new requirements for the AIX operating system. Jay established himself as a subject manager expert in AIX and Power Systems virtualization and became a frequent guest at conferences around the world. Jay succumbed to the dark side and spent four years in IBM marketing in which he introduced AIX version 6 and AIX version 7 and many product innovations including the first every open beta program for an AIX release and a significant restructuring of the AIX offering structure and prices. Jay was part of the cloud software development organization and and focused on managing development engagements for clients deploying clouds using Power Systems servers with PowerVC and related products. In March of 2016, Jay retired from IBM and started in a new role as a product manager for SUSE, the Open Software company. Jay new focus is on enterprise Linux for POWER and ARM processor based systems. The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of my employer. Follow me on twitter @mr_sles, @cloudrancher and @chromeaix.
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