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OLinux.com.br: Alpha in the new processors Market: Q&A with API's Richard Payne

Oct 14, 2000, 13:04 (1 Talkback[s])

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"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 pre-installed."

"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 heat."

"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 Netscape)."

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