Let's face it, thee are only two significant computing scenarios here. The first was the integrated proposition of System/38 with its operating system CPF. This embodied most of the core values of the i5 family today. When a new menu interface from System/36 was added it became AS/400 but was essentially the same computer. The second scenario came part way through the iSeries phase when the box began to support multiple operating systems. This was a significant game changer and could have merited a name change. i5/OS should not have been named to represent the hardware. For my money, the best name was pre-S/38 - the codename Future System. This says what it is really all about. System p is only a subset of i and doesn't merit a separate name.
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