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    Quote Originally Posted by durgadas311 View Post
    This might be a dumb suggestion, but have you tried contacting IBM? If it is not considered an active product, maybe they would be willing to work with a museum to give it something that boots.
    OS/400 and i is still maintained and serviced by IBM. The OS and its various support packages and hardware options is as mentioned by others keyed to the physical machines so that one deployment cannot be cloned across multiple machines. At least, not without IBM knowing and asking for more money. They also do not issue hobbyist licenses as understandably most of us would have no idea what to even use a midrange for. Museums might be eligible for an exemption, given their credentials and the situation.
    That being said, this forum will not provide you with any go-here links to find installation media or related installation documentation not publically released by IBM. IBM has a track record of coming down on people for this.
    To what the forum policy does allow us to say, if you do not already have an install and you do not wish to purchase a license from IBM, you're boned.
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    AS/400s are good for RPG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeXT View Post
    OS/400 and i is still maintained and serviced by IBM. The OS and its various support packages and hardware options is as mentioned by others keyed to the physical machines so that one deployment cannot be cloned across multiple machines. At least, not without IBM knowing and asking for more money. They also do not issue hobbyist licenses as understandably most of us would have no idea what to even use a midrange for. Museums might be eligible for an exemption, given their credentials and the situation.
    That being said, this forum will not provide you with any go-here links to find installation media or related installation documentation not publically released by IBM. IBM has a track record of coming down on people for this.
    To what the forum policy does allow us to say, if you do not already have an install and you do not wish to purchase a license from IBM, you're boned.
    They won't issue Hobbyists with licences, but they will issue museums with licences. As a first try if this is for a Museum, then Alan Altmark who posts on the IBMVM list might be a good starting point.

    You will need to sign up to the list:-

    http://listserv.uark.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=IBMVM

    to find his e-mail, but he posted

    I am very supportive of targeted pleas from legit museums with old (working) hardware who would like permission and help from IBM getting old software to run on it.

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    Sun, 21 Apr 2019 19:58:21 -050


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    Re: Petition International Business Machines - IBM: Free the XA architecture! Change.org

    I hope he can help you.
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    If you just need to get it up and running in order to justify keeping it until you can get actual IBM software to run on it, there are Linux distributions which should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    AS/400s are good for RPG.
    I like to think IBM would have sold many more machines if that had meant Role Playing Games instead of Report Program Generator.

    Which begs the question, has anyone written an RPG in RPG?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bifo86 View Post
    there are Linux distributions which should work.
    No, there isn't
    Read https://arstechnica.com/civis/viewto...?f=16&t=934344
    It is pretty unlikely this person has a RISC based AS/400

    The link pointed to in that thread has been dead for 17 years
    https://web.archive.org/web/20020607...oker/as400.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
    No, there isn't
    Read https://arstechnica.com/civis/viewto...?f=16&t=934344
    It is pretty unlikely this person has a RISC based AS/400

    The link pointed to in that thread has been dead for 17 years
    https://web.archive.org/web/20020607...oker/as400.htm
    Does the switch to iSeries designations indicate the change from CISC to RISC?

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    More or less. The eCLipz project tried to unify i, p and z line hardware. While z/Machines are still z/Machines, iSeries machines are similar to other Power hardware, in some cases nearly identical.
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