Leading Linux Distributors Join the Trillian Project

Caldera, Red Hat, SuSE and TurboLinux commit to Linux development and distribution for Intel's IA-64 architecture


The goal of the Trillian Project is to have IA-64 Linux available for distribution when the first systems based on the Intel Itanium processor (formerly code-named Merced) begin shipping âeuro” expected in the second half of 2000. Caldera, Red Hat, SuSE and TurboLinux âeuro” which combined accounted for 76 percent of 1998 worldwide revenue shipments of the Linux operating system, according to IDC âeuro” will make their commercial distributions of Linux operating system available at the ItaniumTM processor launch. The Trillian team plans to release its development efforts to the Open Source community early next year.

"Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Trillian team members thus far, the kernel for IA-64 Linux is rapidly approaching full functionality," said Sridhar Chilukuri, director of business development for VA Linux Systems. "The major Linux distributors provide additional resources to assist the Trillian Project in reaching its goal of having IA-64 Linux ready for the ItaniumTM processor launch next year."

"As the 'Linux for eBusiness' company, we're excited about the Trillian Project because it augments the eBusiness infrastructure," said Benoy Tamang, vice president of marketing for Caldera Systems. "A Linux-enabled IA-64 architecture will allow our eSP's (electronic Service Providers) to create eBusiness solutions for high-end performance platforms."

"Red Hat sees the Trillian project as a catalyst for the further enterprise adoption of Linux-based OSes in IA-64 server and workstation environments, where the speed, reliability and scalability of open source software is essential," said Paul McNamara, general manager, enterprise business unit, Red Hat. "The Trillian project is another step in Red Hat's collaboration with Intel, which has been based on our commitment to bring Linux-based OSes to the enterprise."

"Our commitment to the kernel development for ItaniumTM processor enables us to provide the same powerful 'mission critical' support for the new Intel server platform as we do for other platforms," said Dr. Stefan Werden, vice president of SuSE business development. "SuSE's membership in the Trillian Project means that our customers will not only receive a distribution optimally tuned to the performance of ItaniumTM, but will also be able to rely on complete SuSE support services right from the start."

"With our focus on high performance Linux, clustering technologies and internationalization of Linux, we are committed to assisting the Trillian Project to optimize Linux on the IA-64 platform," said Cliff Miller, CEO of TurboLinux. "This exciting new Intel processor architecture will help drive Linux into the enterprise.


About the Trillian Project
The Trillian Project was formed in early 1999 to port the Linux operating system to Intel's IA-64 architecture. The project currently includes Caldera, CERN, Cygnus Solutions, 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. For more information on Project Trillian, visit http://www.linuxia64.org.


Open source momentum
International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that Linux-based operating systems were the fastest-growing server operating environment in 1998, growing more than 190 percent in that year alone and capturing more than 15.8 percent of the 4.4 million revenue shipment server operating environment market. Red Hat's numerous alliances with industry leaders and the demand for Linux-based applications has created open source support from many of the industry's leading software and hardware manufacturers, including Compaq®, Computer Associates, Corel, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Netscape, Novell, Oracle® and SAP®. Red Hat Linux runs on Intel, Alpha and Sun SPARC platforms.



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