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The Register: IBM Unix hit by false Falco

Aug 21, 2000, 11:14 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"...So say farewell to one marketing wheeze - and say hello to another."

"IBM's Turek tells us that the 'L' in AIX 5RL stands for - you've guessed it, Linux. Purely as an OS - discounting any applications support - the Linux IA-64 port will be out of the door at about the same time as the "Monterey" UnixWare, thanks in large part to the investment from Intel, VA Linux, SGI, Hewlett Packard and er... IBM."

"So where does this leave UnixWare? Well, let's not forget that the market has steadily been collapsing from under the venerable OS - with revenues in the most recent two quarters half of their previous levels. And that's not through some technical oversight: UnixWare is far and away the most scalable and capable server OS for PCs. It's just that the momentum of Windows 2000 one one side, and Linux/BSD on the other has absorbed much of the growth in the server market. The real problem for UnixWare is that its new owner Caldera doesn't have much of a vested interest in advancing the 64bit port. Quite the opposite, in fact: if it's going to remain both a leading free software company and remain a leading server OS vendor, then it's going to have to put it's eggs in the Linux-on-IA64 basket one day. That day may not come just yet - Intel's next-generation 32bit P7 processors already look very competitive - and Intel expects to five to seven years life out of derivatives from these cores. And of course, AMD's x86-64 ought to find a niche, at least for a while, as it offers an incremental path for customers who really need the 64bit addressing."

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