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Itanium Needs Linux, but Does Linux Need Itanium?

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-05-08 Print this article Print

Opinion: Intel's Itanium is a good platform, but unless prices go down, it'll be left on the shelf. (Linux-Watch)

For years now, I've been hearing about how Intel's Itanium platform was going to be the server chip to end all other server chips. It hasn't happened.

I don't think it ever will happen.

Recently, some of Intel's 64-bit Itanium chip allies have been looking to Linux as a way to give the much-maligned architecture a shot in the arm. They've been looking at ways to make the chip more interesting to Linux users.

As Joseph Gonzalez, a Gartner analyst, has said, "On the Itanium side, we really don't foresee strong growth during that time. Although it debuted with a lot of hype and fanfare, Itanium hasn't really moved into a commanding role in the server market."

Click here to read about Hewlett-Packard's new chip set for Itanium systems.

Even when people do predict that Itanium will finally get some traction, they usually damn it with faint praise.

Read the full story on eWEEK.com: Itanium Needs Linux, but Does Linux Need Itanium?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
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