IBM’s new operating system V5R4

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IBM will be releasing the new operating system V5R4 early in the year. What are your thoughts on this release? Do you plan to upgrade? Let us know. Deb Tart Associate editor, Search400.com

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Personally, I have not done any research into V5R4 as of yet as we have just completed our upgrade to V5R3 on our 820. I believe we have budgeted for a new system next year so I would assume that since the new box would probably have V5R4 loaded on it that we would start using it next year.

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  • DebraTart
    JohnDavid responds: Follow the Software Installation manual. It is very clear re: pre-req PTFs and any other tasks that should be performed before the upgrade. Check with your hardware/software supplier (IBM) for any additional PTFs. Do a proper audit of the V5.1 system and resolve any problems before the upgrade: 1. Licensed programs that can be deleted 2. PTFs that have not been applied 3. Licensed program problems 4. Etc. I have a list of pre-req tasks and let me know if you would like a copy. I also do a RCLSTG and RCLDLO before the upgrade. My policy is that I want to know the exact status of the system before any upgrade.
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    Search400.com member Nancy responds: "We are still on V5R2 and plan to tackle V5R3 the first half of 2006. We're not even sure if we can run V5R4 on our old 820." Do you know? Nancy could use your help. -- Debra Tart, associate editor, Search400.com
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    Search400.com member Dave responds: There are only a few things that would make many peoples' lives easier. These need to be included in V5R4 for /free format: 1. MOVEA 2. MOVEL 3. I would like to be able to declare a file(s) in a subprocedure and have that file(s) local to the subprocedure itself, including, as an example, the SETLL, CHAIN, etc. Additionally, 4. Make e-mail more configurable and work seamlessly with Outlook. It is time for IBM to stop fighting with Microsoft. Whatever you think of Microsoft, the vast majority of people on the planet use their software. So when I use InfoPrint Server and want to imbed HTML in the body of the message, I don't want my HTML to be added as attachments. I want them to appear in the body of my e-mail and not hear the excuse, "Well tell your clients to use Lotus Notes or Eudora". All this takes is a change on how the e-mail header is written. We are not talking rocket science here. 5. Let's make the iSeries friendlier to .NET. Having the best database on the planet loses value when writing .NET code is as fun as having your teeth pulled. It seems that IBM has missed the fact that they can promote their machine as "the one solution". I can have a great Web or application interface to populate my database, and run my batch processing as fast as lightning on the same machine. But I am not going to write that interface in Java. I (and many other shops) want/use .Net. And they require a machine to handle that. (Posted for Dave P.) -- Debra Tart, associate editor, Search400.com
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    Greg responds: "Yes -- we will upgrade to V5R4 about 6 months after it has been released." -- Deb Tart, associate editor
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  • TomLiotta
    I Have to comment on the "I don't want my HTML to be an attachment" thought, particularly how it's tied to "don't fight Microsoft" bit -- HTML in e-mail is an attachment whether it's from IBM or Microsoft or anyone else. If you don't like how HTML is handled in your e-mails, then format the e-mails correctly. Use a client that does e-mail right. If you like how Microsoft does it, then use the Microsoft client. (Try getting Windows to do it right without using an appropriate client.) As for MOVEx, that's as good a decision as IBM has made in not supporting them in /free. They ought to be dropped entirely. Tom
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