"The Trillian Project, an industry initiative to port the
Linux operating system to Intel's forthcoming IA-64 server and
workstation architecture, announced today that the four leading
Linux distributors -- Caldera, Red Hat, SuSE and TurboLinux --have
officially joined the initiative."
"The goal of the Trillian Project is to have IA-64 Linux
available for distribution when the first systems based on the
Intel Itanium(TM) processor (formerly code-named Merced) begin
shipping -- expected in the second half of 2000. Caldera, Red Hat,
SuSE and TurboLinux -- which combined accounted for 76 percent of
1998 worldwide revenue shipments of the Linux operating system,
according to IDC -- will make their commercial distributions of
Linux operating system available at the Itanium processor launch.
The Trillian team plans to release its development efforts to the
Open Source community early next year."
"Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Trillian team members
thus far, the kernel for IA-64 Linux is rapidly approaching full
functionality," said Sridhar Chilukuri, director of business
development for VA Linux Systems. "The major Linux distributors
provide additional resources to assist the Trillian Project in
reaching its goal of having IA-64 Linux ready for the Itanium
processor launch next year."