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TechnologyEvaluation.com: Red Hat Plays "Love You, Love You Not" with CPUs

Dec 21, 2000, 21:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by R. Krause)

"Red Hat Inc. announced the release of Red Hat Alpha Deluxe, its Linux version that will run on computers powered by Compaq Computer Corporation's "Alpha" processor. Compaq will pre-install Alpha Deluxe on its AlphaServer DS and ES lines, as well as its Alpha-based workstations. In addition to being customized for Alpha, it will utilize the GNOME interface, and will ship with 800 additional programs."

"Red Hat has also announced that it will no longer support Sun Microsystems' Sparc processor, beginning with Version 7, Red Hat's most recent release of Linux. According to Red Hat, there was insufficient demand for Sparc-based Linux...."

"Red Hat's Linux for Alpha has the potential of being a good thing for both companies. Compaq's Linux support is relatively weak when compared to IBM and Dell. However, we believe Compaq has realized that the Alpha chip's probable mainstream future (if it exists) lies with Linux. The other operating systems that Alpha supports, Compaq's OpenVMS and Tru64 UNIX, are more appropriate for high-end servers, and for some Alpha-based workstations."

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