W dniu 03.07.2020 o 07:34, Brian Westerman pisze:
How much would a hobbyist pay for a Harley, a really nice drone, or some of the
other expensive hobbies. People pay upwards of $1K a year for a new phone. I
did get a discount on that, but I suppose you are correct, if you can't justify
the cost, then it might seem too much. Although, the alternative of doing it
illegally is not even what I would consider to be an option at all.
The problem is not in the money, not only here.
It is matter of human mentality. Many aspects of that.
1. (Some) people like to "hack", break rules, be wilful. So, "illegal"
Hercules with illegal z/OS is just fancy for them.
2. Free is much better even than $20 per year subscription. Yes, it is
close to lunch expense. But it is not free. It require some
registration, contract, etc. People don't like it. Free without any
obligations is much more attractive. That would induce many young people
to just "play and try" this platform. Just for fun. Or just because it
may help with some university duties. This is the method to make
mainframe more popular or at least known to young people.
3. Nowadays Hercules running any current IBM OS is illegal. However
those who want to use it still do it. Including IBMers. Risk? C'mon! The
real risk would be when someone provide open classes (JCL, ISPF, etc.)
on such system. Or some company deliver some software products with no
other "legal mainframe". However for personal use it is quite safe. Yes,
4. Do you know, Microsoft give almost all their products to students (in
Poland) for free. It doesn't matter whether you study IT sciences,
archeology or ethnology. Even young ethnologist may download and use MS
Windows Server, MS SQL, etc. etc. What about IBM and mainframe? Almost
nothing. Some (now only one) universities signed some agreement and
they are somehow allowed to use IBM standard courses on IBM machines in
Poughkeepsie. It is the same like commercial course, which I sometimes
guide as a teacher. Of course student is not alloowed to access the
resources after the course is finished. He can use PC with MS stuff, but
not TSO account.
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