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Trillian Project Releases IA-64 Linux Source Code to the Open Source Community

Today the Trillian project team announced that the source code for the port of Linux to Intel's forthcoming IA-64 is being released to the Open Source community. Representing a key milestone in the Trillian project, the source code release is an invitation to the Open Source community to participate in the development of the IA-64 Linux kernel and applications for IA-64. This event is another step in enabling the development of applications that demand the computing power of IA-64 in a Linux operating system environment.

Sri Chilukuri, Trillian program director and director of business development for VA Linux Systems said: "This marks the first time that software can be developed by the entire Open Source Community for a pre-production processor architecture. The source code release is further proof that companies and the Open Source community can work together to achieve common goals."

Ron Curry, Director of Marketing, Intel IA-64 Processor Division said: "We are pleased with the progress that the Trillian team has made on the development of Linux for IA-64. By releasing the source code to the Open Source community, we can accelerate enabling the Linux platform to be ready for the Itanium processor launch."

Michael Tiemann, chief technology officer, Red Hat, Inc., said: "It is a well-known fact that the success of Linux depends upon the availability of applications and that the availability of tools drive applications. By providing the GNUPro toolkit at the outset, we can ensure that the IA-64 platform will have access to the rich and growing list of Linux and Open Source applications."

 

About the Trillian Project The Trillian Project was formed in early 1999 to port the Linux operating system to IA-64. The project currently includes Caldera, CERN, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, SGI, SuSE, TurboLinux and VA Linux Systems, and represents the first major effort by the server and workstation industry to support an Open Source project of this depth and scale.

About Red Hat, Inc. Founded in 1994, Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT) is a market leader in open source operating system (OS) software, services and information. Along with its award-winning open source Red Hat Linux OS, Red Hat offers a full line of services, including telephone support, on-site consulting, developer training, certification programmes and priority access updates, making Red Hat a leading resource for knowledgeable, innovative, mission-critical open source solutions.

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About Caldera: Caldera Systems, Inc. provides Linux for eBusiness technology solutions. For more information please visit Caldera Systems at www.calderasystems.com

About IBM IBM, the world's largest information technology company with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate, creates, develops and manufactures the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices, and microelectronics. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com.

About SGI SGI is a market leader in technical computing, offering the world's most powerful servers, supercomputers and visual workstations. SGI uniquely provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.

About Turbo Linux Founded in 1992, TurboLinux is the world's fastest-growing Linux company with investment backing from more than 20 global computer companies. A market leader in Linux software clustering solutions and Linux internationalisation, the company's high-performance consumer and business Linux products run on Intel workstation and server platforms. Headquartered in San Francisco, TurboLinux has offices in Tokyo, Beijing and Sydney. The company's home page is located on the Internet at www.turbolinux.com, in Japanese at www.turbolinux.co.jp and in Chinese at www.turbolinux.com.cn.

About VA Linux Systems, Inc. VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX) is a leading provider of Linux solutions for Internet infrastructure. Founded in 1993, VA Linux offers asingle point of contact for Linux systems, software, service and consulting needs, and is located on the Web at http://www.valinux.com/.

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