Microsoft, SuSE, Red Hat To Weigh In With OS Releases For AMD's Opteron

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Microsoft, SuSE Linux and Red Hat Tuesday will launch versions of their respective Windows and Linux operating systems optimized for Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processor.

At the New York launch of AMD's 64-bit processor, Microsoft will announce that 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise and Datacenter Editions for Opteron will ship in mid-2003, Microsoft executives said recently.

Red Hat also will be on hand at the Opteron launch to announce that its Enterprise Linux distribution optimized for Opteron will ship this fall. The Raleigh, N.C., vendor, the leading Linux vendor in the United States, said last March that it would support AMD's Opteron.

Meanwhile, SuSE, a leading United Linux distribution vendor, will be the first out of the gate to unveil shipment of its 64-bit distribution optimized for Opteron this week. The Linux OS will be priced at $448 per CPU and includes a 12-month maintenance contract, said Markus Rex, vice president of engineering at SuSE.

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD64 will be distributed by PSSC Labs, M&A Technologies, Appro and Tempest Computers, executives said.

SuSE's Linux distribution exploits the processor's support for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, allowing customers to migrate to a 64-bit architecture without losing use of their existing 32-bit Linux applications, Rex said.

SuSE partnered with IBM and AMD to provide database support and enterprise applications running on the AMD Opteron platform at LinuxWorld last August. IBM DB2 and Oracle's databases for Opteron will also debut this week, sources said.

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