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CNET News.com: Linux programmers get a taste of the future

May 26, 2000, 06:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Linux programmers wanting a glimpse of things to come will be able to try out three machines at VA Linux Systems with Intel's upcoming Itanium chips, the Linux hardware maker will announce tomorrow."

"The three four-processor servers fulfill a promise made by Intel chairman Andy Grove in August, that Linux programmers would be able to write software for the new Itanium chips even if they lacked their own machines. The machines will be accessible over the Internet."

"Eric Sindelar, IA-64 product manager at VA, will select the projects for the machines to ensure that the machines are put to serious work. "The goal is that everybody who submits a viable proposal gets on," Sindelar said. "

"Intel has been going through contortions to meet the unusual needs of the open-source community, the global collection of programmers who produce the Linux operating system. These people don't fit easily into the secretive preparations for past product launches."

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