"As president and chief operating officer of Intel, Paul
Otellini oversees the day-to-day running of the largest
manufacturer of PC chips in the world. Alongside Microsoft, his
company rode two decades of PC industry growth to become arguably
the most successful company in Silicon Valley...
"Otellini was a keynote speaker at the OracleWorld conference
here this week, where Oracle is pushing clusters of Intel-based
servers running Linux as the most cost-effective way to run its
database. He talked to IDG News Service about a potentially bright
future for the open-source OS, but seemed wary of offending Intel's
longtime partner, Microsoft, in the process.
"IDGNS: We're hearing a lot from Oracle this week about
the advantages of running its software on Intel-based servers
running Linux and the potential cost savings there for customers.
What's your prognosis for Linux over the next year, and what sort
of an opportunity does it present for Intel?
"Otellini: Oracle is working with a variety of
operating systems. They've demonstrated HP-UX results we saw here
today, Linux, and Windows as well. We work with Oracle principally
because they are multi-OS, that's one of the advantages..."
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