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CNET News.com: SGI counts on Linux for new servers

Jul 30, 1999, 01:42 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Workstation maker SGI has released its first Intel-based server computers with both Microsoft Windows NT and Linux operating systems, but Linux is getting top billing in the long run."

"Windows NT just won't be ready in time for what SGI has in mind. The company needs an operating system that can run on machines with dozens of processors, said Jan Silverman, SGI's new vice president of marketing for computer systems."

"For SGI, which has been casting about for a recovery strategy, it's an issue of being tied to someone else's schedule."

"'You're really caught in a bind how much value you can add to the NT operating system,' because Microsoft controls the development, Silverman said. SGI hopes to stand out from the crowd by making its Intel servers able to use dozens or even hundreds of processors, and for that, 'you need an operating system where you can actually muck around with the kernel,' he said."

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