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IBM has outlined a major update to the "I" operating system it offers for its Power servers. i 7.5, which will debut on May 10, supersedes the version 7.4 that appeared in April 2019. If that feels like a long time between updates, remember that servers packing IBM's POWER CPUs can also run IBM's own AIX or Linux – a variant …

  1. seven of five


    "If that feels like a long time between updates, remember that... "

    ...there also have been five TR (Technology Refresh) updates in said three years.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: TR?

      For those who don't speak IBM, a Technology Refresh (or TR) is similar to what the rest of the world calls a minor release.

  2. Dabooka

    Enough of these minority OSes

    I've been hanging on on for years for my Warp upgrade floppies to arrive.

    1. Peter Gathercole Silver badge

      Re: Enough of these minority OSes

      You've been looking in the wrong place, then. eComStation and ArcaOS have been available since IBM stopped supporting OS/2, and ArcaOS is still under active support, according to Wikipedia.

      Although OS/2 on Power was a thing internally (and I saw it running on an RS/6000 7020 40p back in the day), I don't believe that IBM actually offered it to customers.

      I seriously doubt that even if you had a copy of the OS/2 for Power install media, that it would work on a Power 10 system, as there will not be the drivers for the PCIe adapters.

      1. seven of five

        Re: Enough of these minority OSes

        7020-40P will have been PReP, whereas everything P3+ should be CHRP (or rather, its successor). And no, no matter you nice you were to IBM, OS/2 on Power was unobtainum.

      2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
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        Re: Enough of these minority OSes

        and ArcaOS is still under active support,

        Latest news from the ArcaOS front was just over a week ago...

  3. James Anderson

    If in doubt change the product name

    This venerable OS started life in 1978 and was christened "System/38" but by the time it got to high school age it was renamed OS/400 but it must have done something bad around 2004 as it souk anonymity as "i5/OS" or just plain "i" to its mates.

    The whole AS/400 series were strange beasts featuring many unique architectural ideas some like addressing ram and all the disk storage as one single address space faded away others like concatenating file systems (libraries in OS/400 terms) are now mainstream and the basis of modern container systems like docker.

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