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.