Monterey Up and Running on Merced!Sep 17, 1999, 00:38 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Wolley)
by Linux Today Silicon Valley correspondent, John Wolley
Linux Today sources close to the Monterey project have informed us that Monterey is the first commercial Unix to be up and running on Intel's 64-bit Merced chip. IBM achieved the breakthrough Monday at an Intel facility in Dupont, Washington, and a press release is expected as early as tomorrow (Friday, 17 September). It is said that it took IBM engineers only 24 hours to boot Monterey on Merced, reflecting the stability of the code.
Sun Microsystems recently demoed Solaris on a Merced simulator, and "will make an early version available to key software vendors this fall" (ComputerWorld 9/99). But Monterey is evidently the first commercial Unix to "run on the real thing".
Conspicuously absent from the Merced lineup is a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows, but it's on the horizon. As of 1 September, the latest word from Microsoft was: "The company has said since last year that it will deliver its final 64-bit Windows product concurrently with Intel Corp.'s shipment of its IA-64 Merced processor. Company officials reiterated Microsoft's commitment to ship a 64-bit NT release before the end of 2000." (SRO 9/99)
A TechWeb (8/99) story detailed the formidable list of companies now backing Monterey: "Project Monterey is a joint venture among SCO, IBM, Sequent, and Compaq to deliver a high-volume, enterprise-class Unix operating system. Intel has targeted the second half of next year for shipment of IA-64. ...SCO said it has added South Korean electronics giant Samsung to a list in nine OEMs that are supporting the project. ... Other OEMs who support the project include Acer, Bull, CETIA (a subsidiary of Thomson-CF), ICL, and Unisys."
A founder of the Monterey project in October, 1998, IBM has also recently joined the Trillian project. Trillian is the effort by Intel, VA Linux, Hewlett-Packard, Cygnus Solutions, Silicon Graphics, and others to port Linux to Merced. Trillian's Linux laid a claim to being the very first OS to run on Merced at LinuxWorld in August, demoed by no less than former Intel chairman Andy Grove (TechWeb 8/99).
In addition to the "related stories" links below, technical information on Monterey is available from the Monterey Project home page.