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Re: Professional Workstation

On Monday 10 March 2003 11:53, Chris Ford wrote:
> Yep, positive.  The purpose of the road show was to pitch Oracle on HPUX
> and Itanium as well as RHAS and Oracle on Itanium.  The conversation then
> turned to Red Hat Professional Workstation also being released for Itanium
> and only being available from the hardware vendors for their approved
> hardware, and that it would only be supported on the approved hardware,
> which was all Itanium2.
> But, I agree with you, and strongly feel that HP is shooting themselves in
> both feet by killing the Alpha and the PA-RISC processors.  I work in a
> shop of enterprise class machines all running Tru64 on Alphas.  There is no
> way under the sun that we are EVER going to put Itaniums on the floor in
> place of the Alphas.  1. The technology is way too new.  It may be the
> fastest and greatest processor ever imagined but it hasn't been put through
> it's paces to meet our satisfaction.  Maybe in 5 years it will have been
> tested enough to be trusted, but I'm afraid that they'll run out of money
> before then.  2. I don't think I'm alone in feeling that Intel will never
> be able to compete in the Enterprise class UNIX world.  There has been too
> many hard feeling created by Intel and their cronies through the years that
> many Systems Engineers would rather crawl to IBM or Sun than put an Itanium
> on their raised floor.
> But I did get a kick out of one of the HP guys pitching the Itanium and
> saying that HP and Intel are big enough to "force standards" on the
> technology market.  He didn't find it too polite that I almost fell out of
> my chair laughing....

Thats really just too sad.  We tend to laugh quite a bit at ia64... the little 
(expensive) chip that couldn't do shit.

Jesse Keating RHCE MCSE
Mondo DevTeam (http://www.microwerks.net/~hugo/)

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