Forum OpenACS Q&A: OpenACS on IBM Linux One?

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Posted by Claudio Pasolini on
Hi all,

a friend of mine asked me if OpenACS would be installable on an IBM Linux One.

I know nothing about IBM Linux world and after a quick look at the docs I've seen that the supported distributions (RedHat, SUSE, Ubuntu) are only available for a fee.

Do you think it could be possible a fully open source installation? I know that Vienna runs on an IBM server.

Thanks for any suggestion.

Claudio

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Posted by Iuri Sampaio on
Claudio,
I've run OACS on Suse once. As long as you succeed installing Naviserver, the rest is piece of cake.
https://openacs.org/xowiki/openacs-system-install-redhat

As we know PostgreSQL runs fine on.
https://www.postgresql.org/download/linux/redhat/

I haven't seen what TDOM version Redhat uses.
http://rpm.pbone.net/index.php3/stat/4/idpl/15289285/dir/redhat_el_6/com/tdom-0.8.2-6.el6.x86_64.rpm.html

Hope it helps!
I

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Posted by Claudio Pasolini on
Iuri,

I know that OpenACS can install on RedHat, SUSE and Ubuntu, but I'm not willing to pay for them.

Ciao,

Claudio

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Posted by Gustaf Neumann on
The question is, what do you understand under the term "fully open source installation". According to the quotes below [1], one can run KVM based virtual machines on this hardware, so at least everything based on RHEL and Ubuntu should run out of the box with install-ns [2].

About the learn production environment used for OpenACS/DotLRN: Around 2005, we switched from Intel Hardware to a p570 POWER5, later POWER6 architecture due to the significant better memory bandwidth at this time (PostgreSQL has a large memory footprint, which can be updated by many cores, forcing bandwidth hungry cache refresh operations) [3,4]. Around 2012, we switched on the main learn configuration back to Intel E5-2670, later E5-2699, now we have a two processor Xeon Gold 6154. Therese changes were mostly due to the improved memory bandwidth by Intel and better pricing of the commodity hardware. We are using on these machines CentOS + KVM.

In short, we were never using LinuxONE which seems to be based on the zSeries. However, since it supports KVM + RHEL etc. there should be in principle no problem, everything in the VM can run be freely configured. If i read correctly, KVM seems to be available on all LinuxONE servers [5], so this looks ok. I would still ask your friends about more details on the installation, there are probably various options in certain installations in terms of bought software features and/or site policies etc.

Hope this helps
-g

... IBM LinuxONE supports multiple Linux Distributions such as Red Hat (RHEL), SUSE (SLES) and Canonical (Ubuntu). Virtualization capabilities are delivered by KVM or IBM z/VM® hypervisors.....[1]

[1] https://www.slideshare.net/DiegoRodriguez322/ibm-linux-one-66359518
[2] https://openacs.org/xowiki/naviserver-openacs
[3] https://openacs.org/forums/message-view?message_id=340370
[4] https://openacs.org/forums/message-view?message_id=3588933
[5] https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/linuxonibm/liaaf/lnz_r_kvm_base.html

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Posted by Gustaf Neumann on
PS: the first installations on the Intel machines were on RHEL (recommended by IBM at this time), but then we switched to CentOS, which is essentially a free RHEL.
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Posted by Claudio Pasolini on
Thank you Gustaf and Iuri for your kind answers.

I heard from my friend that he can set up a Red Hat environment and then there shouldn't be any problem installing OpenACS.

Sorry for my hasty post.

Claudio