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LinuxPR: SuSE Driving Linux Port To AMD X86-64 Architecture

Aug 16, 2000, 18:17 (0 Talkback[s])

"SuSE Linux, the international technology leader and solution provider in open source operating system software and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets, announced today that SuSE will drive the Linux community's work to port Linux to AMD's new 64-bit architecture, x86-64. The X86-64 port of Linux will run new 64 bit applications as well as currently existing 32 bit ix86 Linux applications. The first versions of the development tools (GCC and binutils) have already been written by SuSE developer Jan Hubicka."

"AMD released the specification of their new 64 bit architecture called x86-64 (CPU codename: Sledgehammer) last week. The release of the specification allows programmers to write code to run on the x86-64 architecture. AMD x86-64 technology is designed to enable platform suppliers, developers, and corporations to transition to 64-bit environments while continuing to have leading performance on the vast installed base of existing 32-bit applications. Early participants in the discussions involving x86-64 include developers from AMD, SuSE, CodeSourcery LLC, ACT and PGI. With the opening up of the specification, developers are now welcome to participate in the development and discussions. Details can be found on the x86-64 website at http://www.x86-64.org .

"Dirk Hohndel, CTO of SuSE Linux AG, said, "AMD's action supports the open source community and certainly encourages code development. We're looking forward to work together with AMD and the Linux Community on an open port of Linux to x86-64."

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