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Enterprise Computing: Intel funds move to boost Linux on Pentium

Feb 25, 1999, 07:57 (5 Talkback[s])

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"Linux got a serious shot in the arm with news that it will benefit from an Intel-funded effort to add support for Pentium MMX and Pentium III instructions."

"Cygnus and Intel announced that core Linux programming tools will gain support for the Pentium MMX instructions and optimization for Intel's chip architecture. In addition, Cygnus has begun work on bringing the Pentium III's new SSE instructions to Linux, and early versions of those improvements will begin emerging in the summer, said Scott Petry, vice president of marketing at Cygnus."

"According to Cygnus, the company that performed the work, Linux programs running on Intel hardware will run 30 to 40 percent faster as a result. The improved software is in beta testing now and should reach full distribution by the end of June, Petry said."

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