"When most Linux users think 64-bit computers they think of
Intel's Itanium II--and why not? HP is making Itanium the
centerpiece of its Linux plans and Red Hat and the UnitedLinux
companies have all announced Linuxes for Intel's troubled server
chip. Don't look now, but, thanks to SuSE, Linux users will soon
have two current processors to consider for their 64-bit x86
computing needs: Itanium and AMD's Opteron.
"Burdened with the unwieldy title of SuSE Linux Enterprise
Server 8 for AMD64, Powered by UnitedLinux, SuSE is delivering the
first Linux for the Opteron. They won't be the last, though.
According to Jay Migliaccio, SuSE product manager, the UnitedLinux
consortium will be announcing support for the chip this week,
meaning at least three other Linux distributors--Conectiva, SCO,
and Turbolinux will soon be able to deliver their own Linuxes for
"And, the operative word is 'soon.' Migliaccio says that SuSE's
operating system, based on the Linux 2.4.19 kernel, will be
shipping within a week of the announcement..."