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CNET News.com: Linux makes inroads into high-end computers

May 17, 2000, 20:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Parallel actions by Hewlett-Packard, SGI and Red Hat are combining to put major muscle into the development of Linux for Intel's future flagship Itanium chip."

"Next week, Hewlett-Packard and Intel are expected to release programming tools that will enable people to create and run software designed for the new chip, sources familiar with the companies' plans said. Though some of these tools exist already, the key new feature will be an HP product that lets people try out Itanium software without having to wait for one of the relatively rare prototype machines. Intel and HP representatives declined to comment on the plan. "

"Meanwhile, SGI--a maker of high-end computers that is banking much of its future on Linux and Intel chips--released its own tools Monday to help write software for Itanium computers. Members of the Trillian team creating Linux for Itanium have been eagerly awaiting these critical tools, called "compilers," which translate programming code into instructions a computer chip can understand."

"The moves are critical for Linux if it's going to meet the expectations Intel and others have for the upstart operating system, still too new to be suitable for most high-end applications. Consequently, Linux currently is most popular in low-end servers based on 32-bit Intel chips, but Itanium and its successors in Intel's "IA-64" family offer a path that could lead Linux into higher-end computers."

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