Have you ever wasted half a day searching for applications and tools that don't come with the AIX base installation? Tools such as SAMBA, NAS (for Kerberos authentication), or maybe even openSSL? What about the latest Java development tools? Or are you a Linux geek from way back who wishes AIX had some of your favorite utilities?
You can access commonly used tools and applications via the AIX Expansion Pack and Web Download pack page. There’s also the AIX Toolbox for Linux, which gives you some of the best-known OpenSource and GNU tools built to run on IBM AIX systems.
Which Tools are Available?
There are two toolkits available for download: the AIX Expansion Pack and the AIX Web Download pack. They’re free to download, although you’ll need to use an IBM ID to get them. The AIX Expansion Pack extends the base operating system utilities; the AIX Web Download Pack contains tools and applications.
The following are some of the tools and apps that can help you configure an even better AIX system:
- SAMBA on AIX: Allows AIX to interact with a Microsoft Windows client or server as if it were a Windows file and print server.
- lsof: Provides a list of open files
- IBM Network Authentication Service, version 18.104.22.168 for AIX: Outsources password management to a trusted host, such as a Microsoft Windows Active Directory (AD) server
- openSSH Version 6.0 and openSSL Version 0.9.8.1300
- IBM 64-bit SDK for AIX, Java 2 Technology Edition, Version 5
- Apache http server: A full-featured web server
Linux Tools for AIX
You’ll find on the same page as the AIX packs a link to the AIX Toolbox for Linux. This includes a wide variety of software for:
- Application development, such as gcc, rpm and cvs
- System utilities, including emacs, rsync, zip, and unzip
- System shells, which is where you’ll get hold of the ever-popular bash
IBM is promoting Power Systems as the open platform for choice because Power can run AIX, Linux, and IBM i. Going forward, there’s going to be a lot more cross-fertilization between the different OSs. If you’ve got a Linux background, it’s good to know many of your favorite Linux tools can run on AIX.