dick scherrer wrote:Hello and welcome to the forum,
There are thousands of emulators. . . Some act like they are an actual mainframe. Some act like they are a 327x-type terminal. Some act like they are some other kind of terminal.
If you clarify what you really want to know after doing some research, someone here may be able to provide something more useful.
Hercules 3.07, when used with HercGUI, HercPrt and a touchscreen monitor
gives you about as close to a "real iron" experience as is possible to get today. You can dial your load unit addreee and press the blue "LOAD" button with your fingers to IPL the system just like a real mainframe. Other tasks, shuch as mounting tapes and loading card readers while not as realistic as the IPL procedure I described, still have a mainframe feel to it. Hercules is fantastic software. If anyone has anything that offers an even more authentic user experience, I'd like to see it!!!