Post by YTC449
ry=1484 >> >> and I was only looking for something to replace the
2.2gig unit I have.
Post by eric the brave
This machine is not supplied with an operating system, the
successful bidder will need to purchase the AIX O/S and licence
from an accredited IBM source. We will be happy to provide contact
details to aid the winning bidder in doing this.
That's why it's up for sale, and will be (relatively) cheap. IBM
changed their licensing structure and the cost of an AIX5L license
for the S series is significantly higher than for more modern
Previously - AIX 4.3.3 - you got AIX for free with the server.
Obviously the cost of the OS was included in the price of the server.
Now that IBM are trying to accomodate Linus that won't work, so they
dropped the prices of the servers - by quite a lot - then charge for
There are versions of Linux which will run on PowerIV processors but I
don't think that these were ever provided for the S Series by IBM.
Also, the S series hardware is a bit different to the other RS/6000
or pSeries servers, which might make Linux somewhat more difficult
than it would be on other IBM boxes. I'm sure it's possible, of
course, but unlike some of the cheaper kit not many Linux enthusiasts
will have had access to an S series to play around with.
If it's cheap enough, the SSA kit might be worth something even if the
server itself isn't. There's been no advance on the D40 drawers and
the Advanced Serial RAID adapters are still good. The disks are
probably OK but they're a bit old. 7133-D40s are used in a lot of the
(slightly) older IBM storage boxes; plus some people will be using
them directly, (there are a few TB at one of the sites I support).