The Register is reporting today that IBM is taking a bold step into the late 20th century and offering its AIX6 in a free public beta.
Historically, IBM will hand deliver beta AIX code to thirty [or] forty of its largest customers. With AIX6, however, IBM has gone to the trouble of crafting a web site for the beta, allowing anyone with CD burning wherewithal to grab the code. IBM pitches the new open stance as a way to welcome HP-UX and Solaris users to the wonders of AIX.
We revealed the public beta plan back in May and also documented the new OS’s rather Solaris 10-like feel. All of the new tools covered in that story will be available via the AIX beta.
And here’s what IBM is saying about the move.