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CNET Compaq reverses plans for [Tru64] Unix on Intel chips

Sep 22, 1999, 22:14 (5 Talkback[s])
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"Compaq has dropped its plans to convert its version of the Unix operating system to Intel's upcoming high-end processors, the computer maker confirmed today.

As expected, Compaq Computer will focus its energies on developing and marketing its Tru64 Unix only for its own chip, the Alpha, not Intel's future IA-64 family of chips. Compaq announced the move in a memo to employees today.

The decision will mirror the end of the development of Windows NT and its successor, Windows 2000, for use on the Alpha chip, a move that led Compaq to dismiss about 100 engineers."

"The move is a strong contrast to what some Compaq competitors have chosen. Sun Microsystems and IBM will support their version of Unix on both their own chips and Intel's IA-64 chips. Hewlett-Packard and SGI, meanwhile, are abandoning their own chip lines over the course of the next few years as they move their versions of Unix to IA-64."

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