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ComputerWorld: Investment in Alpha Chip Reassures Users

Dec 20, 1999, 21:51 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jaikumar Vijayan)

"Users concerned about the long-term viability of the Alpha chip found some reassurance in the $500 million technology and marketing initiative launched last week to boost the chip's fortunes. But analysts were less upbeat...."

"Specific steps that are expected after the investment include the following...."

"Partnerships with and funding for Linux software vendors.
Compaq is hoping to to make Linux -- rather than Windows NT -- the mass-volume operating system on Alpha."

"Apart from reassuring the customer base, last week's investment will do little to change Alpha's competitive positioning, said Mike Feibus, an analyst at Mercury Research in Scottsdale, Ariz. But Feibus noted that support for Linux could help boost the platform's sales at the low end."

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