The Inquirer: Linus Torvalds, Itanium "Threw Out All the Good Parts of the x86"
Feb 25, 2003, 14:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Arron Rouse)
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"Linux creator and indistry guru Linus Torvalds has been holding
forth on the state of processor architecture on the Linux Kernel
Archive. In words that Intel are likely to be far from happy with,
the Finnish luminary has stuck the boot into Itanium. Only just
falling short of calling the processor Itanic, his responses to
some questions on processor architecture are sure to be music to
"In a discussion on the merits of various processors, Torvalds
wrote that Intel had made the same mistakes 'that everybody else
did 15 years ago' when RISC architecture was first appearing.
Itanium tries to introduce an architecture that is clean and
technically pure, something that just doesn't seem to work in the
real world. He claims that Intel 'threw out all the good parts of
the x86 because people thought those parts were ugly. They aren't
ugly, they're the 'charming oddity' that makes it do well...'"