"OLinux:What is Alpha strategy towards
Linux? ... What are the main advantages? ...
Richard Payne:Both API and Compaq support
Linux on their Alpha platforms. Historically Linux was used on the
older Alpha systems, however over the past several [years] more and
more Alphas are being sold into the market place with Linux
"OLinux: About Itanium, what were the mistakes
and the hits by Intel? How do you see the competition in the 64 bit
processors' market? How [does] the long experience in this field
give the Alpha processors some advantage?
Richard Payne: It's hard to say what the
mistakes are as I really haven't had an opportunity to work with an
Itanium yet. I would imagine that Intel is having to work through
the same problems that Alpha has for the last several years. Mainly
that fast, 64-bit CPUs use a lot of power and produce a lot of
"OLinux: Alpha supports all major Linux
distributions these days. How has been the relation between alpha
and Linux companies and Alpha and Linux community?
Richard Payne: I think the relationship is
great, Alpha support is usually second only to i386 in the Linux
kernel and most applications. There have been a few areas where
we've had problems (for example Netscape) and there various
companies have helped out (for example Compaq releasing the Tru64
libraries so Linux users can run the Tru64 version of
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