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FreeOS.com: Itanium - The next big leap for Linux

Dec 19, 2000, 22:22 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Prakash Advani)

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"Previously, if you wanted 64-bit computing power, you would have had to choose one of the proprietary 64-bit platforms. Linux does run on several of these but it is not the first choice for the enterprise on these platforms. The Itanium is expected to change all that and cement Linux's position at the top-end of the corporate segment...."

"The Itanium will give Linux a big boost and Linux in return will compliment the Itanium. To fully derive the benefits of 64-bit processors it is necessary to have 64-bit operating systems and applications. Since there was already a 64-bit port of Linux available for the Alpha platform, it wasn't very difficult to port Linux to another 64-bit platform. Linux was the first OS to boot on this processor and major vendors, in porting Linux applications to take advantage of the 64-bit processor, are doing a lot of work. A lot of the enterprise features that were previously seen in mainframe systems are now expected to be available on the Linux platform."

"Intel has also gone a step further and released the internal working of the yet to be launched processor to the public. This is a very significant development for the Linux community as the kernel can be optimized to run very well on this processor. In fact the Trillian Project is a co-operative development between different vendors to create a unified version of Linux for the Itanium processor. Their goal is to make the port available at the same time that Intel launches the new processor. The project also wants to ensure that existing 32-bit applications run seamlessly in the 64-bit environment. A lot of code optimization is also being carried out to ensure that Linux runs faster than other operating systems."

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