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CNET News.com: Intel, Sun feuding over upcoming chips

Feb 16, 2000, 02:32 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland, Michael Kanellos)

"A simmering feud between the two over an effort to bring Sun's Solaris operating system to servers running Intel's upcoming Itanium processor has now burst into the open. Intel said today that Sun hasn't been pulling its weight in the partnership and that Intel will drastically reduce the resources it's devoting to the effort."

"Though Intel still has strong hardware support, the number of operating systems planned for IA-64 computers has been dropping. SGI backed Linux instead of its in-house variant of Unix. Compaq dropped plans to have its own Tru64 Unix run on IA-64. And IBM and Santa Cruz Operations teamed up their two efforts into a single software package called Monterey-64."

"The arrival of the Linux operating system freed Intel from its dependence on Sun, [Robert Francis Group analyst Cal] Braunstein said. 'Now with Linux coming aboard and everybody buying into Linux as the next big wave here, I think Intel feels they now can put adequate pressure on Sun to say, 'You may have to reconsider your strategy,' ' Braunstein said."

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