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CNET News.com: IBM joins advanced Linux effort

Aug 10, 1999, 13:25 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The computing giant has signed onto the Trillian initiative to "port" Linux to Intel's first 64-bit chip, code-named Merced, joining Intel, VA Linux Systems, SGI, Hewlett-Packard, and Cygnus Solutions, according to sources. The move indicates IBM's increasing seriousness toward the upstart operating system."

"Sean Maloney, a senior vice president at Intel, is expected to discuss this and other Linux developments at his keynote address later today at a Linux conference in San Jose, California. A simulation of Linux running on a software mock-up of Merced will also be shown."

"...Big Blue's support also reinforces an Intel-led push to bring leading software to the IA-64 architecture. Intel sees IA-64 as a way to lure more software companies and server manufacturers to adopt its world view, and the company been aggressive in encouraging efforts to bring the operating systems of today to Intel's chips of tomorrow, previously investing in Red Hat and VA as part of the push."

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