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LinuxStockNews: Linux and Microprocessors (June 19, 2000)

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"Growing support for Linux on the desktop, server and in embedded systems has encouraged producers of microprocessors to consider Linux during product development and research. Major chip manufacturers and distributors have begun forging alliances and creating new collaborations to capitalize upon this growing demand. Linux is being touted as a target operating system for numerous processor producers as its benefits have become more widely understood. Cost, in addition to configurability and scalability, have helped Linux to gain the momentum necessary to coordinate development with processor manufacturers."

"Intel Corp. (NASD:INTC) announced earlier in May that it would be releasing the micro-architecture specifications of its Itanium processor. This move, unusual given Intel's proprietary nature, is intended to encourage developers and compilers to maximize the potential of Intel's IA-64 architecture. Intel's efforts, embraced wholeheartedly by the open source movement, may not be as unselfish as it seems, though, as the collaborators will undoubtedly maximize the products potential without an enormous outlay of expense by Intel. As a whole, this is an enormous step forward in the mainstreaming of Linux and should benefit both open source development and Intel. The Itanium 64-bit processor is scheduled for release in the second half of this year."

"The new processor, which requires a new operating system to run, has been adopted by Microsoft (NASD: MSFT), an effort which required the company to port Windows 2000 to the new chip. Linux has been placed in the forefront, though, as a collaboration of open source vendors has already released source code for Itanium under a collaboration entitled The Trillian Project. The project includes: Caldera Systems (NASD: CALD), Cygnus Solutions (NASD: RHAT), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HWP), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Intel (NASD: INTC), Red Hat (NASD: RHAT), SGI (NYSE: SGI), SERN (private), SuSe (private), TurboLinux (private) and VA Linux (NASD: LNUX). Trillian will most likely be utilized in scientific, educational, technical and research markets initially. Caldera, SuSe and Red Hat intend to ship Trillian with the processor. TurboLinux is already shipping a working version and IBM, SGI and HP should have Trillian based servers by year-end."

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