IBM Systems Magazine recently published an article showcasing Connor Krukosky’s unusual journey to a wonderful IBM career working with Linux and the IBM Z platform. As a young teenage mainframe enthusiast, Connor started collecting vintage computers about 4 years ago. Here is an earlier rather funny video about what happens when 18-year-old Connor buys an IBM mainframe. In the IBM Systems Magazine interview, Connor refers to his implementation of SUSE Linux on his basement mainframe. The rest is history, catching the attention of IBM and presenting at several SHARE user group meetings. Connor was hired by IBM about a year ago and happily works on mainframes in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Mainframe skills are still in high demand, with the 10 top insurers, 44 of the top 50 banks, 18 of the top 25 retailers, and 90% of the largest airlines using mainframe as the backbone for their computing infrastructure. Linux and open source are increasingly used more and more on mainframe; IBM estimates 90% of their customer base leverages Linux on mainframe, and a recent Open Mainframe Project survey found that over half of all workloads in these enterprises are ran by Linux on mainframe. There is even a summer intern program sponsored by the Linux Foundation and the Open Mainframe Project.
So check out Connor’s interview, and realize that mainframes provide a solid foundation today in support of the world economy. SLES is the industry-leading operating system for Linux on the mainframe, and piques the interest of a new generation of mainframe enthusiasts.