17.1. Where can you find applications for Linux on the mainframe?
It is not difficult to find applications for Linux on the mainframe. Here are some sources:
Applications that come with your Linux distribution
Open Source applications that are not shipped by distributors
Commercial applications from independent software vendors
The following sections cover general considerations for sources of applications. For specific examples of Linux-on-the-mainframe applications, see Chapter 27, “Examples for Applications.”
17.1.1. What comes with a distribution?
While some companies might have the skill to build their own Linux systems, most of them turn to commercial Linux distributions as the source for well-defined and stable foundations for their production ...