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Jarkko Hietaniemi
February 25, 2014 23:43
Re: EBCDIC support is on the chopping block
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On Tuesday-201402-25, 16:02, Karl Nordstrom wrote:
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> Hi,
> Why doesn't IBM have any interest in keeping Perl up to date on z/OS?
>   I guess their customers do not demand it.  I think IBM all but gave
> up on the z/OS Unix shell environment in favor of Linux on System z.

Why not, I don't.  But over the years it has not been because of lack
of trying.  We had actually one IBM manager involved at some point,
but he couldn't get his managers to believe that helping out Perl
would be in IBM's interest.  The "open source" concept was also
obviously very difficult to understand for managers in the "Big
Blue Iron" world.

> Karl
> On 02/21/2014 08:55 AM, David Golden wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 6:29 PM, Craig A. Berry
>> <> wrote:
>>> There aren't dedicated resources for any other platform as far as
>>> I can tell, so that's a bit of a double standard.  "Consistently
>>> available" might be a bit more reasonable.
>> I'm being nitpicky here, but we *do* have dedicated resources for
>> at least Linux (e.g. Jenkins build bot) and many other OSes (e.g.
>> Test::Smoke smokers), depending on how exactly you define
>> "dedicated". I define that as "not dependent on someone's round
>> tuits".  Andreas' "blead breaks CPAN" smokers would be another
>> example of what I consider "dedicated" resources.
>> But, I also agree that "consistently available" is a better
>> standard for minimal OS support.  For example, Craig is an absolute
>> hero in my book for finding round tuits to try stuff (and fix
>> stuff) on VMS with pretty quick turnaround.
>> We want "dedicated".  We can accept "consistently available".
>> David
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