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Red Herring: Lintel hopes to supplant Wintel

Feb 04, 2000, 22:49 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gracian Mack, Lawrence Aragon)

"Look out, Wintel -- Lintel is on the move.

Just two weeks before Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is set to unveil its long-awaited Windows 2000 operating system for the enterprise market, a bevy of high-powered Linux backers Wednesday took dead aim at Microsoft when they released the source code for a Linux version that will run on Intel (Nasdaq: INTC)'s new 64-bit microprocessor.

While Linux has made great strides as a 32-bit server operating system, it has mainly been adopted by ISPs and departments inside large corporations. The Trillian announcement may well change that, since the 10 members of the group include Intel, IBM (NYSE: IBM), and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HWP), all heavyweights in the high end of the market. By porting Linux to Intel's 64-bit Itanium processor (formerly called Merced), the Trillian camp hopes to make Linux a real alternative in the high-end server space now dominated by Microsoft, Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW), and others."

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