Re: mainframe OS term needed

Subject: Re: mainframe OS term needed
From: Kathleen Nosbisch <kat -at- NETWISE -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 1994 09:16:55 MST

Carl Gotlieb asked:

> Are there any mainframe experts in the house?

Can't say I'm expert, but I write mainly for mainframe docs... :)

> 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
> 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?).

We call TSO, IMS, DB/2, and CICS "subsystems" that run under the MVS
"operating system."

Hope it helps...


Kathleen Nosbisch Netwise, Inc.
Technical Writer 2477 55th Street
kat -at- netwise -dot- com Boulder, Colorado 80301

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