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Old 10-20-2004, 03:44 PM   #16
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Why not, but then, this should be in a new post entitled "is Solaris free ?"
 
Old 10-20-2004, 08:20 PM   #17
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Zorba4 - Yes, I realize this is an AIX thread, duh. When Sether, the person who started the thread, made this comment "i just wanted to fool around with it. Nothing important", I thought it MIGHT be appropirate to mention Solaris because IT IS FREE AND READILY AVAILABLE. Sether might not know about it and after all Solaris is a major Unix distribution.
 
Old 10-21-2004, 02:40 AM   #18
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Sorry, najames, my joke was quite stupid. You are fully right, the primary theme of this forum is "let's help people", so you were right answering the question. I wanted to laught a little bit, which is quite unfriendly.
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Old 11-07-2004, 06:34 PM   #19
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OK, so i have an option to buy a second hand RS/6000

It is only for myself to experiment and try to understand. I don't want any support from IBM, and i don't need the machine registered.

For now, all i want is to be able to install AIX and play with it to a point that it is usable and i can understand how it works.

Can i do this? I don't want to have to buy a licence or support from IBM.

Coming from a Redhat background, I can install RHES to my hearts content, as long as I am prepared not to register it with Redhat. Can i do a similar thing with AIX?
 
Old 02-08-2005, 06:53 PM   #20
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If I managed to get an RS/6000, I would just put Linux on it. I think you're shooting yourself in the foot, otherwise. I work with these things here at work. There are a handful of things with it that are better than Linux, but otherwise, it seems that adding software will be MUCH easier once you manage to get the initial Linux system on it.
 
Old 02-09-2005, 03:29 AM   #21
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by the way...
Linux on RS6000 is not free, it costs about $1000 !
 
Old 02-09-2005, 12:31 PM   #22
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I assume you mean for the hardware.
 
Old 02-09-2005, 02:51 PM   #23
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Nope!
I mean for the software.
let's play a funny game!
Just ask IBM for a quotation for a Linux distribution for an existing RS6000.
 
Old 02-10-2005, 09:03 PM   #24
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Wow. This is a lot of back and forth for such a simple question.

If you get your hands on a used RS/6000 or p-series box via ebay or anywhere else, the person who sold it to you will usually include a set of CD media with the disclaimer that it's up to you to contact IBM to obtain the appropriate licensing.

You're not actually going to do that for simply fooling around, so just load it up and play. I've bought two RS/6000 test boxes off ebay, and both shipped with CD media (usually they send 5.1 media in my experience). There is no access or license code of any sort required. Just load them up and play.

Better yet, if you want newer media, find a shop that uses AIX extensively, offer to buy one of the geeks a pizza or some coffee and he or she will probably give you a CD media set newer than the one you got with the box. You have to keep current with the maintenance levels (patches) to keep your software support contact current, and every time you order an ML on CD they send the whole new set of discs *including* the new ML whether you needed them or not. At this point, I have full CD sets for AIX 5L 5.2, 5.2 w/ML1, 5.2 w/ML2, 5.2 w/ML3, 5.2 w/ML4, and ML 5 was just announced so that will get added to the pile soon. Get the picture?

If you're not lucky enough to know any geeks who will trade CDs for food or beverage, look on ebay. You can pick up these extra, leftover media sets for 10 bucks.

As to the free/not free debate....I'm not touching that one. But just remember this...you pay lots of money for IBM RS/6000/p-series hardware and software support. But then again, with a system down at 4 AM, IBM has actually shipped me a part from New Jersey to central Long Island via TAXI CAB to get it there before business hours. In some cases, you do get what you pay for.

HTH
 
Old 03-31-2005, 12:25 PM   #25
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Forgot about SCO?

Let me point out that AIX is somewhat entangled with the SCO Group. Now, we KNOW the SCO is pissy about liscences, so even if IBM WANTED to make it free, they'd have some more lawers on the payroll. Besides, Linux is better and if IBM wants a free unix-ish, they don't need to shell out money to do it.
 
  


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