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VNU Net: IBM develops Itanium workstation; will ship with Linux first

Dec 12, 2000, 16:26 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linda Leung)

[ IBM apparently has just switched its Itanium OS priorities. The Register article posted 12/9 said: "The timeframe for this is expected to be: AIX 5L, available on the Itanium launch date, Linux in Q2, and Windows in Q3, according to Rudd." - LT ed. ]

"IBM is confident it will announce an Itanium-based workstation the day after Intel is expected to release the processor sometime in late March. Big Blue plans to use the chip in a new range of IntelliStation workstations it has codenamed Rattler."

"Itanium is a dramatically new computing environment," said Rick Rudd, IntelliStation's product manager, who added that the mass market would probably wait until the technology has been tried and tested, and is more cost effective, before implementing. Rudd believes early adopters will be large companies wanting to take advantage of 64bit computing for intensive engineering, financial applications and digital content creation, such as animation."

"IBM said 64bit Linux from Red Hat, Turbo Linux, SuSE and Caldera will be available at the same time as Itanium is released, while AIX 5L - IBM's next-generation Unix operating system - will be available in April. Whistler, the 64bit version of Windows 2000, is expected to follow a few months after that, said Rudd."

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