Itanium: Linux with a head start
There should be specially adapted versions of Linux for the 64-bit Itanium chip from Intel. This gives Linux a head start over Windows, because the 64-bit version of Windows is not expected to appear until the second half of 2001. For the time being, there will only be preliminary versions of this Windows for the launch of the Itanium can now fall back on special versions of Linux including tools, developers who work with Windows have to be patient: For the time being, a selected audience will be given access to such a tool. The advantage of Linux can already be seen. The question of whether Linux companies can benefit from this remains unanswered for the time being. However, all companies want to release an adapted Linux at the same time as the launch of the Itanium.