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CNET News.com: Tools help Linux make strides with new Intel chip

Feb 16, 2000, 21:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The effort to bring Linux to Intel's next-generation Itanium chip moved forward today with the arrival of critical programming tools, another key step for the upstart operating system.

Linux distributor Red Hat today released the crucial software--called a 'compiler'--that translates programs into instructions that can be understood by Intel's upcoming 64-bit Itanium chip. The move comes at a time when a similar development effort between Sun Microsystems and Intel has turned into an ugly spat."

"Linux... is growing increasingly important in Itanium plans. Intel has invested in Linux companies such as Red Hat, SuSE, TurboLinux and VA Linux Systems, and now Dell Computer is warming to Linux in favor of proprietary versions of the Unix OS."

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