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Computerworld: Compaq explains move to drop NT for Alpha

Sep 08, 1999, 21:16 (4 Talkback[s])
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BOSTON - Compaq vice president Marion Dancy discusses in an Q&A session with Computerworld why the company decided to end development of Windows NT on Alpha and the company's plans for the customers affected.

"Q: What kind of migration programs and options? A: If a customer has an Alpha server running NT, we will offer them a free licence to Tru64 Unix, OpenVMS or Linux -- where it is validated on Alpha servers. The other thing we will do is offer trade-ins with various discounts depending on how long [customers] have had those systems. There will be different scenarios. In some cases, customers will get free trade-ins."

"Q: How well has Linux been taking off on Alpha? A: Linux is a clear volume opportunity for Alpha, and we are seeing a great interest in it."

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