Intel's Itanium 2 gains support from UnitedLinux

When it becomes available later this year, the upcoming UnitedLinux operating system will support Intel Corp.'s new 64-bit Itanium 2 processors.

In an announcement today, the four Linux vendors that make up the heart of the UnitedLinux effort said the operating system will support the advanced features of the new processors, which Intel began shipping today.

UnitedLinux was announced in May as a joint project of four Linux vendors that are working to create and sell a standardized enterprise version of Linux to try to drastically increase its adoption in business computing. The vendors include Caldera International Inc. in Lindon, Utah; SuSE Linux AG in Nuremburg, Germany; Conectiva SA in Brazil; and Turbolinux Inc. in Brisbane, Calif., along with more than a dozen hardware and software vendors including IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel.

However, other key Linux vendors, including U.S. market leader Red Hat Inc. in Raleigh, N.C., and MandrakeSoft SA in Paris, aren't part of UnitedLinux.

Last month, HP and Red Hat announced that they will support the Itanium 2 processors with their products.

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