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IT-Director: OS vendors on the Merced starting grid

Sep 02, 1999, 19:08 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Merced silicon had barely left the fabrication plants before the rumour-mill started up. Currently the lines are being drawn between a 64-bit version of Linux and a Windows beta for IA-64. HP-UX and Monterey, both Unix flavours, are next on the list."

"Then, there will be the inevitable betas and delays. It is Microsoft who are the most disadvantaged here, as Monterey, HP-UX and Linux development for IA-64 is already underway but Microsoft will not be able to fully commit resources until after the release of Windows 2000."

"There are several factors that will decide the success of the operating systems in the IA-64 space. The first is time to market: any delays will severely dampen the market's interest. The second is application availability, which is less and less of an issue even for Linux. The third is down to marketing and acceptability. Here Microsoft is very strong but Linux is carving its own credibility. HP-UX is likely to have support, not least from the Hewlett Packard user community, but it is unlikely to be 'the one'. The riskiest player has to be Monterey, which despite strong backing from the vendor community, may well end up as the Unix also-ran."

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