"A fourth major Linux seller has released a version of its
operating system for Intel's upcoming Itanium chip. Caldera on
Friday posted an early version of its OpenLinux product designed
for the Itanium chip, the first member of a 64-bit chip family from
Intel designed to compete with Sun Microsystems' UltraSparc,
Hewlett-Packard's PA-RISC, SGI's MIPS, IBM's Power and Compaq's
"Intel is backing Linux heavily to be one of three mainstream
operating systems for the delayed chip. ... Caldera's biggest
competitors, TurboLinux, Red Hat and SuSE, have released test
versions of Linux for Itanium."
"Caldera, with its recent merger announcement with Unix company
Santa Cruz Operation, will have a tighter relationship with IA-64
chips than most Linux companies. SCO's UnixWare, along with IBM's
AIX, is a key component of the "Monterey-64" version of Linux that
will run on Itanium."