InfoWorld: IBM Cools on Linux Support for Itanium
Feb 11, 2003, 15:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ashlee Vance)
"IBM has pulled back on its work tuning the Linux operating
system for Intel's Itanium processor, in a move that possibly
points to a larger shift away from the fledgling processor,
according to an analyst.
"IBM has transferred a handful of developers who had worked to
make Linux perform well on Itanium to the task of tying the OS to
its own Power processor, said Ron Favali, a spokesman for IBM. This
transition away from Itanium came as a result of slow market
adoption of the chip thus far, according to Favali, and could
signal a growing feud between IBM and Intel.
"'IBM doesn't have anyone dedicated to working with Linux on
Itanium,' Favali said. 'Our view right now is that Itanium is like
a science project. There's not a market for it...'"