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Sep 11, 1999, 01:39 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nipp)

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"In the microprocessor market, Intel reigns supreme, and this reign is for good reason. The various flavors of Microsoft Windows make up approximately 90 percent of the PC install base worldwide, and Intel has become pretty much synonymous with Windows, hence the common word merge Wintel. Linux, however, is gaining market share at an alarming rate, and Linux runs on every major microprocessor architecture imaginable."

"Linux has a firmly entrenched presence on the Intel platform. In fact, Linux was originally developed to run on an Intel 80386 processor. Intel has shown great foresight in embracing Linux and contributing to the development efforts surrounding Linux. Intel, for instance, has been working with several other major partners on the Trillian project, which is the port for the upcoming IA-64 Merced processor, Intel's next generation processor. As the support for x86 processors has continued to improve over the years, the support for other microprocessor architectures has not lagged far behind. The x86 platform is still the bread and butter of the existing Linux install base, but the percentage may begin to narrow in the near future. We will begin to take a look at the other big three architectures for which Linux is available, but this list is by far not all inclusive."

"The Alpha processor is an outstanding architecture for which Linux is a wonderful option. Compaq, which earlier this year obtained ownership of the Alpha processor through the purchase of Digital Equipment Corporation, is readily supporting Linux on the Alpha processor and views Linux as a vehicle to help boost sales of the Alpha processor. Linux must now play even more significantly into Compaq's strategy for the future of the Alpha processor now that both Microsoft and Compaq have abandoned the porting of Windows 2000 to the Alpha platform."

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