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Apr 22, 2003, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Pavlicek)

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"New versions of Linux normally make the technical community curious about what additional features and improved capabilities are included. However, the latest release from SuSE focuses not on adding new software features but on making Linux available on a brand new hardware platform: the AMD Opteron. After taking the new system for a spin, I'm pretty impressed.

"Over the years, I've used Linux on a number of non-x86 architectures. In fact, as I write this, I have an old DEC Alpha running Linux on my right and an old Sun SPARCstation 10 running Linux on my left, so I'm well aware that Linux can look perfectly at home on machines other than PCs, even if it takes a few twists and turns to get it to boot up.

"However, this situation is a bit different. Rather than being a port of Linux to an entirely different architecture, Linux on the Opteron is a port to enhanced x86 architecture--one that delivers 64-bit punch, while maintaining compatibility for classic x86 32-bit applications. With such an attractive upgrade path, Linux on the Opteron could move from bleeding edge to mainstream in a relatively short period of time--provided, of course, that the platform can really deliver as promised. An impressive showing at this stage of the game could allow AMD's Opteron to emerge as a firm competitor to Intel's IA64 line, especially since the latter is unlikely to usurp the older x86 architecture any time in the near future..."

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