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New Mandrake Linux works on Opteron

MandrakeSoft has released a new Linux version that runs on AMD's yet-to-be-released Opteron processors, the company will announce Friday. AMD plans to release its Opteron server processor on April 22.

Opteron, as well as a desktop processor coming later called Athlon 64, has 64-bit features that let the chip directly address large amounts of memory. To take advantage of the feature, software must be rewritten; AMD has been working with Linux companies to build that support into the operating system. MandrakeSoft rivals Red Hat and SuSE both plan Opteron support, as does Microsoft.