Aaron Bartell, and a few others, came up with a pretty neat idea: A Linux desktop for IBM i developers (and/or users).

Based on Ubuntu, the desktop environment would provide tools that an IBM i developer needs.

  • 5250 Emulator
  • IDE
  • Mail
  • Web
  • Etc…

A list has been created to coordinate the project … LinuxDesktop4i.

Check it out if you’re interested in moving away from Windows or Mac.

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.