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CNET News.com: HP steps up plans to bring Linux to high-end chips

Dec 20, 1999, 15:17 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Hewlett-Packard has quietly stepped up efforts to make Linux compatible with its most powerful processors, an indication the company wants the open-source operating system to play a greater role in its future products."

"The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company has retained a Linux consultancy to ensure the increasingly popular software runs on its advanced, 64-bit PA-RISC chips by the first half of next year, according to HP executives...."

"Linux already runs on computers built around Sun's 64-bit UltraSparc processor and Compaq's 64-bit Alpha chip, and numerous companies including HP are working to make Linux compatible with Intel's forthcoming 64-bit offering. HP's move to "port" Linux to its own high-end chip architecture is another sign that the upstart operating system has become a staple menu item in the world of enterprise computing."

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