Under an agreement with Intel, Linux systems vendor VA Research will head efforts to port the Linux operating system to Intel?s forthcoming IA-64 processors, it was announced on Tuesday.
As part of the deal, Intel is taking an unspecified stake in the company.
VA Research said it would deliver a Linux port for Intel?s first 64-bit processor, codenamed Merced, by the time the processor ships in mid 2000.
Hewlett-Packard and Silicon Graphics will also contribute to the porting effort. When Merced ships, the Linux for Merced source code will be handed over to the Linux community, said Larry Augustin, founder and president of VA Research.
Larry Augustin said the port does not pose any major technical problems. ?Linux already runs well on several other 64-bit platforms,? he pointed out.
VA Research, based in Mountain View, California, sells Linux-based servers. The privately held company was founded by Larry Augustin when he was a student at Stanford University.
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