Trillian project promises Linux for Itanium

The four leading distributors of Linux officially announced their commitment to developing the open source operating system for the Intel's forthcoming IA-64 server and workstation architecture Tuesday

Caldera, Red Hat, SuSE and TurboLinux all now disclosed that they are currently using Intel's recently deployed development systems in order to ensure that Linux runs smoothly on Intel's new architecture.

These distributors have formed an alliance Trillian project aimed at making sure that the very first machines based on Intel's Itanium processors will be capable of running Linux.

Itanium processors, formerly code-named Merced, are expected to start shipping in the second half of 2000. The Trillian project team plans to release its work to the open source community in the first half of next year.

Sridhar Chilukuri, director of business development for VA Linux Systems, which recently received astronomical stock-market valuation, clearly sees this project as vital to the commercial furtherment of Linux. He comments: "Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Trillian team members thus far, the kernel for IA-64 Linux is rapidly approaching full functionality. As the 'Linux for eBusiness' company, we're excited about the Trillian Project because it augments the eBusiness infrastructure."

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