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LinuxPlanet: SuSE Delivers First Linux for 64-bit AMD Opteron

Apr 21, 2003, 16:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"When most Linux users think 64-bit computers they think of Intel's Itanium II--and why not? HP is making Itanium the centerpiece of its Linux plans and Red Hat and the UnitedLinux companies have all announced Linuxes for Intel's troubled server chip. Don't look now, but, thanks to SuSE, Linux users will soon have two current processors to consider for their 64-bit x86 computing needs: Itanium and AMD's Opteron.

"Burdened with the unwieldy title of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD64, Powered by UnitedLinux, SuSE is delivering the first Linux for the Opteron. They won't be the last, though. According to Jay Migliaccio, SuSE product manager, the UnitedLinux consortium will be announcing support for the chip this week, meaning at least three other Linux distributors--Conectiva, SCO, and Turbolinux will soon be able to deliver their own Linuxes for Opteron.

"And, the operative word is 'soon.' Migliaccio says that SuSE's operating system, based on the Linux 2.4.19 kernel, will be shipping within a week of the announcement..."

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