Sequent is planning to create a new Unix operating system for the Intel Merced 64-bit platform.
The new OS will be a mix of its own Unix language DYNIX/ptx and the planned Monterey OS, which is being developed by IBM and SCO, the existence of which was first revealed in PC Week, 27 October 1998.
Sequent's user group was told at a conference in San Diego last week that the operating system, UnixWare/ptx, would share common APIs with both SCO UnixWare 7 and IBM's high-end Unix, AIX. IBM also committed to porting its DB2 database, its middleware platforms and Web applications to the operating system.
Sequent broke from the Compaq/Digital "Bravo" project to join the Monterey clan last October. Compaq is expected to rename Digital Unix Tru64Unix this month and outline its plans for Unix on the Intel platform.
Hewlett-Packard and Sun also have plans for 64-bit versions of HP-UX and Solaris, but the majority of the hype at the moment surrounds the free Unix operating system Linux, which is currently available on the Intel 32-bit platform.
Announcements are expected from major hardware vendors, including Compaq, HP and Silicon Graphics (SGI), to offer Linux to customers. SGI told PC Week of plans to offer and support Linux as a third operating system, complementary to IRIX and NT. SGI shipped its first NT workstations last month.
Compaq and HP are expected to announce soon a support arrangement through Linux vendor Red Hat.
- More enterprise news, p30
The new Linux kernel is finally here, although a bit later than originally hoped (see PC Week, 27 October). New features include:
- advanced network routing and WAN support
- enterprise-level network filesystem support, including replication
- improved SMP support (up to 16 processors) and support for 64-bit chips (SPARC64 and Alpha)
- multimedia enhancements include video capture, TV tuner and enhanced audio support
- support for an extensive array of SCSI and parallel storage devices
- compatibility with Windows NT, Novell Netware and other Unixes.
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