WPS has officially been tested for compatibility with distributions of Linux certified for Linux Standard Base (LSB) version 3.0 and higher. LSB is a certification management system intended to encourage compatibility between different distributions of Linux.
Popular distributions known to be LSB compliant include:
There are many other excellent Linux Distributions that are not officially LSB certified, many of which will run WPS without problem. WPS requires a 2.6 or later kernel. In addition to the LSB distributions listed, you could try:
WPS is available to use with versions of Linux capable of operating on hardware using the ARM8 64-bit processor, also known as AArch64
Using Linux on AArch64, WPS can be used in the following ways:
The table below lists the versions of Linux for System p (POWER) on which WPS is supported
|Linux on System p (POWER)|
Using Linux on System p (POWER), WPS can be used in the following ways:
WPS is also supported with AIX on System p (POWER)
WPS extends Mainframe support from z/OS to the newer Linux for System z technology. Utilise Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) hardware for IBM System z Mainframe systems, z9 and above.
IFL hardware provides the advantage of increased capacity with significant reduced operating costs. IFL hardware capacity is independent of general purpose System z capacity. Moving workload to IFL can lead to significant reductions not just for WPS licences, but for overall software licence costs including operating system licence costs, third-party vendor licence fees and other capacity-related costs.
There can be advantages to using Linux for System z in supplementing or replacing distributed server hardware.
WPS running on Linux for System z can supplement or replace distributed server hardware running Linux or Solaris, found in enterprise environments.
This means that workloads running on distributed hardware can be moved to IFL hardware on the series Z machine. This has the advantages of reduced hardware costs and lower power requirements.
WPS running on Linux for System z is supported on all available Linux distributions for this platform including SUSE and RedHat.
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