News.com schrijft dat TurboLinux als eerste bedrijf een test versie van een IA-64 Linux distributie voor de Intel Itanium heeft gereleased. Andere Linux distributeurs, waaronder Red Hat, SuSE en Caldera, zullen naar verwachting spoedig met eigen IA-64 versies volgen:
Even Microsoft is paying attention; it was one of the companies that downloaded the TurboLinux OS, said Lonn Johnston, TurboLinux vice president of corporate communications.
Linux, barely known in the computing industry two years ago, has emerged as one of the three premier operating systems that Intel is backing for the launch of the Itanium chip. Intel has been among the most aggressive investors in Linux, taking equity stakes in several young Linux companies as a way to give the operating system the seal of approval of the dominant chipmaker.
"It never hurts to get out there first," said Microdesign Resources analyst Keith Diefendorff, but the more significant software development for Itanium is the compilers. Compilers, which translate programs written by people into instructions a chip can understand, are vastly more important with the Itanium chip than with other designs. [break] De Itanium zal eind dit jaar ge´ntroduceerd worden op snelheden van rond de 800Mhz. De performance zal volgens bovengenoemde Keith Diefendoff niet wereldschokkend zijn: [/break] "I don't think the performance of this first generation is going to create a demand pull. It will mostly be an Intel and HP push," he said. But Intel's marketing and pricing efforts, combined with the longer-term potential of IA-64 and the existing support from computer makers, will mean success. "For the large-volume server market, it looks like IA-64 is unstoppable at this point," he said.