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Thread-happy telecom chip gains CG Linux

Mar 18, 2009, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])

"Sun notes that the announcement "highlights the openness" of its CMT (chip multi-threading) UltraSPARC T2 platform. At one time, Sun was best-known for proprietary hardware and software designs, but it has increasingly embraced open standards such as ATCA and CGL. If the rumor is true about IBM's intention to acquire Sun for $6.5 billion, such openness might also make the struggling company more attractive to IBM (see farther below for more on the acquisition rumors.)

"Wind River announced that it was intending to port its distribution to the CMT UltraSPARC T2 a year ago in April. As expected, Wind River Linux 3.0 is the first CGL-compliant Linux distribution available for CMT chips, Sun said. The company also offers Ubuntu Linux as a pre-install option on its CMT products.

"As reported on Monday, the newly released Wind River Linux 3.0 wraps in the company's various vertical package variations of its commercial Linux distro, including Wind River's Platform for Network Equipment (PNE), which achieved CGL 4.0 registration early last year. Wind River Linux 3.0 offers upgrades to kernel 2.6.27 and GCC 4.3, faster boot-time, and enhanced real-time and multi-core support. It also includes a new Kernel-based Virtualization Machine (KVM), the company said."

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