Well, I haven’t been blogging from COMMON yet … but I just got out of the IBM Town Hall meeting a few minutes ago.

It was announced that the “System i” and “System p” were merging into a single, unified, platform called “Power”. The OS, originally named OS/400, then I5/OS, is now going to be called “IBM i”.

New hardware was announced that would be common between “i”, “aix”, and “linux” … all the same price, regardless of the OS that runs on it.

New marketing campaigns that will mention “i” set to be run. Starting with a full page ad in the local paper. I think they run a full page ad in the local paper at every conference. Let’s hope they live up to the promise and keep the marketing going.

They also mentioned more academic initiative stuff.

More later.

About David:
David is a Principal Software Engineer for PTC, Integrity Business Unit. He cut his teeth on the S/36 and has more than 25 years of experience on the IBM i / System i / iSeries / AS400. He primarily works in Java and ILE RPG specializing in cross platform integrations. David has received the COMMON Distinguished Service award and was named an IBM Power Systems Champion. David is an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride. He is currently captain of Team RED Chicago. David runs and maintains midrange.com. His personal blog is Geeky Ramblings.