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Episode Info: In today’s episode of the “I Am A Mainframer” podcast, Jeff Bisti sits down with Elizabeth Joseph. Elizabeth is an author, systems engineer, and developer advocate at IBM working on IBM Z.  Elizabeth tells Jeff about her journey with the Linux on the mainframe, ZOWE,  how young women can get started in the world of IT, and the future of the mainframe. https://www.openmainframeproject.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2019/11/Elizabeth_Joseph.mp3Jeff Bisti: Hi, my name is Jeff Bisti and I am the host of the I Am A Mainframer Podcast from the Open Mainframe Project. The Open Mainframe Project is a Linux Foundation collaborative project that was put in place to promote the open-source and Linux adoption on the mainframe platform. Today we have with us Elizabeth Joseph, somebody who just appeared like a gift from the heavens earlier this year into our very special Z ecosystem. I say Z ecosystem both because it’s a good way of just describing the connection of people around Z, but it also happens to be the name of the overall mission and team that we both work on for our day jobs. Welcome to the podcast, Elizabeth.  Elizabeth Joseph: Thank you and thank you for that great introduction, Jeff.  Jeff Bisti: I spent all day writing it, so check that off. First off, can you tell us a little bit about what you do on the Z ecosystem team? Elizabeth Joseph: I like to tell people that if you had asked me a year ago what a mainframe was, I’d be pretty hard-pressed to tell you a very good technical answer. Because I was working on distributed systems. My background is in Linux systems administration, mostly on x86 machines. I’ve been doing OpenStack and Apache Mesos and Kubernetes, working at startups in San Francisco. The switch over to mainframes has been quite a change for me. I started at IBM in April, and the idea is that I want to bring that perspective and bring the community that I interact with in distributed systems into the conversation about mainframes. What I found working there was that when people are considering their infrastructure, especially in the Bay Area and at all these startups and these big technology companies here in California, they pretty much look at either on-prem or on the cloud when they’re making infrastructure decisions. It’s all x86. Jeff Bisti: Obviously you have an extensive Linux background, and what has so far been your opinion or your reaction to how Linux runs in this type of environment on the mainframe? Elizabeth Joseph: The most striking thing that I realized is that Linux is Linux. There’s porting work to be done because it is a different architecture, but the first time I got a shell on a Linux box running on Z, I couldn’t really tell the difference. I loaded up an IRC client. I showed my buddies on IRC a few CPU output things because that’s cool, right? Jeff Bisti: Yeah.  Elizabeth Joseph: Like, “I have a VM on a mainframe guys.” Aside from that, it’s really just the same environme...
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