SCO launches Linux OS for Itanium 2 chip

The SCO Group has released its new SCO Linux Server 4.0 operating system for Intel Itanium 2 processors, taking on competitors Red Hat and SuSE Linux in the Linux-on-Itanium market.

In an announcement yesterday, SCO said its new enterprise-level operating system emphasizes stability, security and worldwide support, while providing corporate IT users with robust security auditing and management tools, scalability, high availability and clustering capabilities.

Based on UnitedLinux 1.0, SCO Linux Server 4.0 includes 12 months of the SCO Linux Update Service for patches and other software updates. The new operating system uses the Linux 2.4.19 kernel.

The base version of the operating system starts at US$999, which includes a license for up to four CPUs.

With its new system, SCO is a little late to the Linux on Itanium 2 market. Last September, U.S. Linux server operating system sales leader Red Hat announced a deal with Hewlett-Packard to sell HP Itanium 2 systems with Red Hat Advanced Workstation for Itanium 2 (now known as the Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS operating system).

And, late last month, SuSE Linux AG debuted its Linux operating system for Itanium 2 when it released SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.

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