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About WPS for Linux

Linux Standard Base (LSB)

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:

  • Asianux
  • Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS)
  • Booyo
  • Linpus
  • Mandriva Linux
  • Montavista Linux Carrier Grade Edition
  • Neoshine
  • openSUSE
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux
  • Red Flag Linux Desktop
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE Linux
  • Ubuntu
  • Xandros Server

Other Linux Distributions

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:

  • Arch Linux
  • CentOS
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • Gentoo
  • Knoppix
  • Kubuntu
  • Linux Mint
  • Pardus
  • PCLinuxOS
  • Sabayon Linux
  • SimplyMEPIS
  • Slackware

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AArch64 support

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:

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    High-end Server Support

    The table below lists the versions of Linux for System p (POWER) on which WPS is supported

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    • Red Hat 7

    Using Linux on System p (POWER), WPS can be used in the following ways:

    Alternative Platform Options

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    The Modern Approach to Mainframe Processing

    WPS extends Mainframe support from z/OS to the newer Linux for System z technology. Utilize Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) hardware for IBM System z Mainframe systems, z9 and above.

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    Why Use IFL?

    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 licenses, but for overall software license costs including operating system license costs, third-party vendor license fees and other capacity-related costs.

    There can be advantages to using Linux for System z in supplementing or replacing distributed server hardware.

    Supplement or Replace 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.

    Linux Distributions

    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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