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ZDNet UK: IBM hedges its bets with Unix for Intel

Aug 24, 2000, 12:15 (2 Talkback[s])
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"It's anyone's guess whether Intel's upcoming super-processors, the 64-bit parts known as IA-64, will begin to make headway against the RISC-based chips that have traditionally dominated the high-end Unix market. But IBM isn't waiting around to find out."

"Instead the Big Blue is pushing ahead with its Unix project called AIX 5L (formerly codenamed Monterrey) -- one of the few Unix flavours that will definitely be available for IA-64 chips when they begin to appear this autumn. (The other big Unix-on-IA-64 contender is Hewlett Packard's, and several Linux distributions have also been announced.)"

"At the server conference Forum 2000 Tuesday, co-hosted by IBM's AIX 5L partner Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), a senior IBM executive touted the operating system's benefits before a crowd of resellers from around the world. First of all, he said, it will be available -- unlike the Solaris-on-IA-64 from Sun Microsystems, which a SCO executive called "a non-event in the industry."

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