Canonical plans to build a special Ubuntu flavor for IBM’s LinuxONE and z Systems. This is not the first time when IBM and Canonical team up, IBM deciding to use open-source technologies.
The official announcement:
“IBM will enable open source and industry tools and software including Apache Spark, Node.js, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL and Chef on z Systems to provide clients with choice and flexibility for hybrid cloud deployments. SUSE, which provides Linux distribution for the mainframe, will now support KVM, giving clients a new hypervisor option. Canonical and IBM also announced plans to create an Ubuntu distribution for LinuxONE and z Systems. The collaboration with Canonical brings Ubuntu’s scale-out and cloud expertise to the IBM z Systems platform, further expanding its reach and support,”
This is quite good, since the FOSS community will be able to benefit from IBM’s work. But IBM is not new to Linux. The announcement has been made at the LinuxCon North America 2015, which took place in August 18-19.