Any AS/400 hackers? Linux question

Mike Ross tmfdmike at
Mon Nov 23 03:04:43 CST 2015

Might not really be old enough for this audience but it's an obscure
enough question! I have an AS/400 9406-S20 - mid 1990s vintage. These
things could have what IBM called an 'Integrated Netfinity Server' -
basically an Intel PC on a board, using space on AS/400 disk etc. Two
such boards work in this machine: the 2852 (Pentium Pro) and 2865
(Pentium II).

Both ran NT, and that's well-documented in a Redbook. Both could also
allegedly run OS/2 and Netware.

it wasn't officially supported I know, but did anyone ever succeed in
shoehorning Linux onto either of these boards? If so, how? Official
support only came with the next iteration of hardware (which my system
can't use), and relied on the 'PC on a board' having USB ports, and
involved the use of a USB floppy drive (!) to complete the Linux
install process!

(I'm at V5R2 btw, and have had NT running on this board)

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