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The Register: Dell boy in 64-bit mix-up

Aug 16, 2000, 15:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

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"Michael Dell kicked off the LinuxWorld expo keynote with a ringing endorsement of Linux. For an hour we were treated to homilies to open source software, stories of how Dell itself relied on Linux, and even a clarion call against restrictive intellectual property laws - which predictably brought the house down."

"In fact, he'd brought to bear all the zeal of... er... someone who's just noticed they're selling rather a lot of Linux boxes (racks might be more accurate) and wants to sell some more."

"So afterwards, and noting that he'd also predicted a long life for the "x86 architecture", we asked him if his enthusiasm for both Linux and x86 extended to AMD's x86-64 architecture - which had just been blessed with its first OS support from SuSE. His answer is worth reproducing verbatim."

"We will be selling x86 64-bit servers. In fact we're demonstrating them today - they're Itanium based," he said. "Will we sell products based on the AMD 64-bit? That's to be determined. We don't have any parts today."

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