want to convert an IBM 8203-E4A (Power 520) to Linux

We have a very nicely equipped 2010 Power 520 running AIX 7.1, but want to get away from IBM software entitlements. This machine has been well-cared for since we have it under IBM maintenance (for now) and it has a lot more life left. I have looked at some options and it appears we could try to install a linux distribution in place of AIX. This is new territory for me so I am asking for help/advice on proceeding. My web searches have not brought up any "i've done this before and here are the steps" type of pages lol so any warnings/cautions/good advice will be heeded.

I have the full config file attached in case you would like to see it. It would be awesome if we could keep the PCI-XDDR dual channel ultra 320 SCSI adapter working with the IBM 3580 backup tape drive and have both functioning with the new OS too.


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Just buy a used 64-bit 'x86 server for a few hundred bucks on eBay, and an adaptec U320 adapter (under $20), and run CentOS or some other linux variant designed for standard intel-based servers.  
You'll save grief and time.  It just isn't worth the effort of cross compiling and building your own kernel and worrying about drivers.

This is why you haven't found anything posted about people who have successfully done it ... because it is just a bad idea and people aren't working on it.   You might as well ask for LINUX on an old VAX architecture.
Carlos IjalbaIT Systems DirectorCommented:
What you want is to download and install PowerLinux, which is the linux versions made for Power processors.

In a modern Power box you can install AIX, IBM i, or PowerLinux.

You have 3 flavors: Red Hat, SUSE & Ubuntu, and you can virtualize using PowerVM or PowerKVM.

And I am happy to say, that there is plenty of info in the IBM universe:

You even have an installation tutorial on IBM's Systems Magazine:

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