"TurboLinux, Inc., the high-performance Linux company, today
announced availability of the fifth upgrade of its IA-64 Linux
distribution that includes the world's first IA-64 port of
Helixcode's GNOME desktop and other enhancements to optimize
performance on Intel Itanium processor-based server and workstation
systems. TurboLinux, which was the first company to make a
complete IA-64 Linux distribution available to developers last
March, code named its most recent release "Firecracker" and
includes the Helix Code GNOME desktop, the 2.4..0-test1 + 0621
patch kernel for Linux, updated kernel RPMs, Netscape installation
by default, early support for kernel modules and popular developer
programs such as gnapster and xmms."
"At Helix Code we are committed to deploying our desktop onto
every possible computer, and we go to extreme lengths to make Helix
GNOME as portable and universal as possible," said Helix Code
co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Miguel de Icaza.
"TurboLinux's choice of Helix GNOME as their desktop means that
they recognize the quality of our product and our on-going work.
And our partnership with them means that we can work together to
bring Linux to the newest workstations, including those using the
"TurboLinux has taken a leadership role in optimizing Linux for
Intel's forthcoming IA-64 platform," said Ly Pham, executive vice
president of worldwide development for TurboLinux. "We're pleased
to also be the first to make Helix Code's GNOME desktop available
to our growing ranks of independent software vendors porting their
applications to Linux for IA-64." The "Firecracker" release of
TurboLinux for IA-64 is available at ftp.turbolinux.com/pub/ia64.
Guidelines and resources for developers working on TurboLinux for
IA-64 are available at http://frontier.turbolinux.com/ia64."