Red Hat to produce 64-bit Linux for AMD Opteron

— 11:20 PM on August 12, 2002

This one just crossed the wire:

LINUXWORLD, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.- AUGUST 13, 2002 -Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Red Hat will offer global support for the upcoming AMD Opteron(tm) and AMD Athlon(tm) processors based on AMD's Hammer technology in Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, and future enterprise Linux offerings from Red Hat.

Red Hat will provide native 64-bit support for processors based on AMD's x86-64 technology, while providing support for existing 32-bit Linux-based applications.

The future of high-end servers is looking more and more like Linux + x86 multiprocessor systems. As for Red Hat, there's no reason not to do the x86-64 compile, right?
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