IBM tested and supported Linux environments

This table shows IBM tested and supported Linux environments. For the supported distributions check the statements of the individual Linux distribution as some are out of service and will require extended support. You can obtain a Support Line contract for remote technical support or contract with a third party provider.

The listed distributions are 64-bit distributions; the Red Hat and SUSE distributions include the 31-bit emulation layer to run 31-bit software products. See the testing below and read the footnotes as well.



Distribution
LinuxONE Emperor LinuxONE Rockhopper      
z13 z13s zEnterprise -
zBC12 and zEC12
zEnterprise -
z114 and z196
System z10
and System z9
RHEL 7
RHEL 6
RHEL 5
RHEL 4 (*)
SLES 12
SLES 11
SLES 10 (*)
SLES 9 (*)
Ubuntu 16.04
Indicates that the distribution (version) has been tested by IBM on the hardware platform, will run on the system, and is an IBM supported environment. Updates or service packs applied to the distribution are also supported. Please check with your service provider which kernel-levels are currently in support.

(1) Red Hat Hardware Certification statements are available for RHEL 7.0, RHEL 6.6, and RHEL5.11 at: https://hardware.redhat.com/&quicksearch=z13
The following kernel-levels are the currently known required minimum-levels for z13:
  RHEL 7.1 replaces RHEL 7.0: 3.10.0-229.14.1.el7
  RHEL 6.6: 2.6.32-504.16.2.el6
  RHEL 5.11: 2.6.18-400.el5
(2) SUSE YES CERTIFIED Bulletins are available for SLES 12 and SLES 11 SP3 at:
https://www.suse.com/yessearch/SResults.jsp?bulletinNumber=&keywords=z13
The following kernel-levels are the currently known required minimum-levels for z13:
  SLES 12: 3.12.44-52.18.1
  SLES 11 SP3: 3.0.101-0.40.1
(3) RHEL 7.1 replaces RHEL 7.0
(4) Minimum level: RHEL 6.3
(5) Minimum level: RHEL 5.8
(6) Recommended level: SLES 11 SP3
(7) Recommended level: SLES 10 SP4 with latest maintenance updates
(8) RHEL 4.8 only. Some functions have changed or are not available with the z196, e.g. the Dual-port OSA cards support to name one of several. Please check with your service provider regarding the end of service.
(9) SLES 9 SP4 with latest maintenance updates only. Some functions have changed or are not available with the z196, e.g. the Dual-port OSA cards support to name one of several. Please check with your service provider regarding the end of service.
(10)Minimum level RHEL 5.8 is supported for IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper models installed before March 10, 2016.
Indicates that the distribution is not supported by IBM on this server.
(*) The distribution is out of service, extended support is required.

Supported on zSeries servers are: RHEL 5 and RHEL 4(*), and SLES 10(*) and SLES 9(*).

For information about which hardware is supported by

To retrieve interoperability support information for Enterprise Storage products when used in a supported host server environment see the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center.

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