IBM continues to bring more and more industry standard and open source technologies to IBM i. While IBM i has its own (easy-to-learn) interfaces and operating system implementation, it also has an extremely rich set of features that are industry standard as well as open source.
This blog post is obsolete now that 5733-OPS has been deprecated. It is left here for historical purposes.
IBM i is an old friend. We programming geeks of golden age have been writing reliable business programs for years on IBM i. Our IBM i has protected our programming investment like a family member—operating system releases, hardware upgrades, no matter, our programs still run our businesses decades later. Unlike so many other business machines we shall not name, we people of IBM i, can truly say we got a good business deal with our IBM i.
Download AIX Open Source binaries for your IBM i …
IBM i PASE Option 33 re-distributes many common AIX binaries so you do not have to FTP them from another AIX machine. However, if you are looking for additional PASE/Linux utilities found on many Linux laptops (zip, unzip, gunzip, etc.), check out Young i Professionals (YIPs) instructions for downloading AIX Open Source binaries into PASE.
As a member of the PASE development team, inquiries from the IBM i community regarding PASE often come to me. In one such recent email, the following phrase caught my eye:
To most, including me, it (PASE) is just “the other side I rarely use.”