AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications - Overview

AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications

GNU and open source tools for AIX

AIX® Toolbox for Linux® Applications contains a collection of open source and GNU software built for AIX IBM Systems. These tools provide the basis of the development environment of choice for many Linux application developers. All the tools are packaged by using the easy to install RPM format. There is a strong affinity between Linux and AIX for applications. The AIX operating system (OS) has a long history of standards compliance and it is generally straightforward to rebuild Linux applications for AIX. The AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications demonstrates the strong affinity between Linux and AIX operating systems.

Uses of AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications

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  • Build and package Linux applications for use on AIX
  • Run other popular software commonly found in Linux distributions
  • Manage open source software by using the popular RPM package management system
  • Develop new applications for the AIX OS by using GNU and Linux application development tools
The AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications contains a wide variety of software, including but not limited to:
  • Application Development: gcc, g++, gdb, rpm, cvs, automake, autoconf, libtool, git, subversion, gettext
  • GNU base utilities: gawk, m4, indent, sed, tar, diffutils, findutils, grep, coreutils
  • Programming Languages: perl, python, ruby, php
  • System Utilities: emacs, vim, bzip2, gzip, rsync, wget, lsof, less, samba, zip, unzip
  • Libraries: ncurses, readline, libxml2, libyaml, libpng, libjpeg, slang, db, glib2, zlib, gtk+
  • System Shells: bash, tcsh, zsh
  • Software Management: YUM
  • Developing graphical user interface: gtk2+
  • Cloud environment: cloud-init, python-swift

Download information

This software is offered on an "as-is" basis. For more information, see the licensing and installation instructions.

These packages are available for installation by using the rpm package manager. Download the AIX installation image for the rpm package manager for POWER (rpm.rte).

For installation tips, and news, refer to the AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications readme file (README.txt).

Links to source RPMs (SRPMs) are provided in "alphabetical" and "by date" download sites mentioned in the following resources section.

SRPMS contains source code, SPEC files, and any patches required to build binary RPM packages.

Resources