Have we seen this sort of thing elsewhere ?
Were IBM involved in many similar case in the 70s for not helping competitors infiltrate their market space. I always loved the comment then that IBM dominated the market for IBM equipment, I mean what bright spot thought that one up all by themselves.
Nice to see the PC guys advancing into the 70s now, they may even catch up one day.
I get a bit tired of this merkin habit of suing someone every time they take THEIR ball away. IBM have spent serious amounts developing their hardware to a point of reliability which is extremely close to 100%. They have redeveloped and funded large projects to port Linux to their hardware, which is no mean feat, seeing as the code set used is EBCDIC and not ASCII.
I think IBM are entitled to the rewards for their efforts, and these prissy merkin prime donne should go develop their own kit. Perhaps they could trawl a museum or two and look for a PC AT/370 (around 1985 vintage) and get into a spot of reverse engineering. It ran VM/SP 4, there is also a P/370 which ran MVS, didnt have z/OS when I had one. I had one in 1998.
As regards putting someone else's OS on your machine, lets get to look at this a little. No OS supplier supports there OS directly when an OEM is involved. Try calling Microsoft, they tell you to go talk to the people who sold you the machine.
I am with IBM on this one.