The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) has started shipping early release versions of its 64-bit version of Unixware, codenamed Unison (see Newswire 20 August), to select OEMs and ISVs, so they can start developing applications before the introduction of Intel's Merced processor.
SCO claims that Build Level 2 now has a full 64-bit Unixware kernel and base utility set, including an IA-64 dynamic library linking.
The supplier also said it plans to introduce a new software architecture model - jointly developed with Intel - into the operating system, so that users will simply need to recompile rather than rewrite their existing 32-bit applications to take advantage of Merced.
At the same time, SCO announced that Unixware 7 would be available in Business and Data Center Editions in the first half of next year (see Newswire 20 August).
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