On Feb 22, 2006, at 6:55 AM, Stephen L. Buckles wrote:
> Although I’ve been a VM bigot for years, it has been ages since
> I’ve had access to VM, let alone having responsibility for the TLC
> of said system software. All I can say now is, “I’m back!”
> That said, I want to build a sandbox VM system on one of my home
> PCs, along with that other mainframe system, OS. What do I need to
> download or purchase off the .net to emulate, as closely as
> possible, my office environment, which is z/VM 5.1 (going 5.2), z/
> OS (1.3, 1.4, 1.6, going 1.7), and several Linux machines under VM.
Although Hercules is quite capable of doing the necessary hardware
emulation, if you get IBM to agree to sell you a license for z/VM or
z/OS on it, many of us would very much like to know how you achieved
that. Or you can legally and with no license required run VM/370r6
and MVS 3.8j. Myself, I played with VM/370r6 for a while and came to
the conclusion that it's not much fun without fullscreen XEDIT or Rexx.
Linux for S/390 or zSeries works just fine on Hercules, of course,
without any licensing issues. And now that VMWare GSX is being
released as free (has that happened yet) you could run multiple
Linuxes under it, or indeed under Xen. This will feel pretty similar.