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IT-Director: Monterey on borrowed time

May 22, 2000, 13:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cheshire Cat)

"Every now and then, industry observers have to stick their necks out and this is one of those occasions. No ifs, no buts - Project Monterey may be nearing its release date, but it will find that it has only a short life span. Why, oh why, I hear you ask, is the flagship OS to be left by the wayside? The answer is simple - Windows 2000 and Linux will make Monterey an irrelevance."

"...Linux has moved from academia to the mainstream, winning mindshare as the commodity operating system that Monterey had designs on becoming. The strength of Linux's position is in the fact that it has been ported not only to IA-64 but also to just about every platform under the sun. Last summer it was already being reported that Monterey consortium members, whilst remaining bullish about Monterey on IA-64, were tellingly quiet about porting the new OS to other platforms. The attitude to Linux could not be more different..."

"Ultimately it will be the customer that decides, and it is here that we are already seeing the last nails in Monterey's coffin. According to the Register on Friday last, Fujitsu Siemens already has around 60 customers who are trialling 4-way Itanium servers based on the IA-64 architecture. And what about the operating systems the prospective customers are choosing? "Most users want Windows 2000, others ask for Linux but hardly anyone is interested in Monterey," said a source from Fujitsu Siemens."

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