Re: mainframe OS term needed

Subject: Re: mainframe OS term needed
From: Edward Bedinger <qwa -at- CARSON -dot- U -dot- WASHINGTON -dot- EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 1993 14:19:29 GMT

Probably the first response is "Front end" vis a vis the windows/dos
relationship. Next in line would be "shell", which takes on some more
complex connotations in the mainframe environment. Of course, some sites
will benignly neglect all architectural realities and use the Windows
Operating System.

I always see "VM/CMS" to refer to CMS under VM. I would probably call
my local IBM rep or track down someone in IBM tech support
if I needed a safe posture to assume when hashing it out the "right"
terminology with the client. If you begin with an 800 number for IBM, you
can (with diligience, asking the right questions) usually come up with the
an expert for most any need, 'tho you might have to drop some dimes on
the call.

Hope this helps.
Ned Bedinger
qwa -at- u -dot- washington -dot- edu


In article <9312231428 -dot- A27456 -at- tempeccpb -dot- sps -dot- mot -dot- com> Gotlieb Carl R1478C
<r1478c -at- tempeccpb -dot- sps -dot- mot -dot- com> writes:
>Hello all,

>Are there any mainframe experts in the house?

>I'm in the closing stages of writing a mainframe data security manual. I've
>been holding off on this but I need to come up with a generic term for the
>so-called "operating systems" that run under the MVS and VM operating systems,
>such as TSO, IMS, and CMS. My client says TSO, IMS, and CMS are not true
>operating systems and not to call them that, but they can't come up with
>another term. I've been using "user interface systems." Can anybody supply
>me with a better term? (BTW: TSO is to MVS like Windows is to DOS. I think.
>So what do you call Windows?).

>Thanks for any help.
>Carl Gotlieb
>r1478c -at- tempeccpb

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