Sun doet er alles aan om de 64-bits Merced versie van Solaris klaar te krijgen voor de release van Win64, om zodoende een belangrijke voorsprong ten opzichte van Microsoft te verkrijgen. Hier heb je de info van The Register:
Sun will turn up the heat on Microsoft this autumn by shipping key developers an early access release of Solaris for Intel's IA-64 simulator. Although Intel has now demonstrated Merced silicon in action, for the near future much software development will still be carried out on the simulator.
Sun is demonstrating 64-bit Intel Solaris at this week's Intel Developer Forum, and the company has already made it clear that it intends to use 64-bitness as a stick to beat Microsoft. The latter's Win64 for Merced was demonstrated earlier this week, but the company isn't planning a first beta until the first half of next year, giving rivals from Sun, SCO and the Linux developers a chance to run with the 64-bit ball earlier.
And in light the recent confusion involving Compaq and NT for Alpha, it looks far more likely that Win64 will suffer the traditional Microsoft slippage rather than hitting the schedule. Tellingly, Microsoft is planning a hybrid 32/64-bit version of Windows 2000 to deal with early 64-bit platforms, plus a mechanism to allow Win2k to address more memory. If Microsoft was absolutely convinced it could ship Win64 for Merced's release, then these wouldn't be necessary, right? [break] Over dat laatste (32/64-bit switching) plaatst Ace's Hardware een opmerking: [/break] Microsoft is planning first a hybrid 32/64-bit version of Windows 2000 for the Merced and it siblings. I don't have to tell you that this will severely hurt the performance of the Merced. It means that IA-64 processors will have to jump back and forth between IA-32 and IA-64 mode and that the Merced will have to use its IA-32 to IA64 decoders quite offen.