Itanium Needs Linux, but Does Linux Need Itanium?
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."
Even when people do predict that Itanium will finally get some traction, they usually damn it with faint praise.
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