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Linux company backs AMD chips

MandrakeSoft will sell a version of its Linux operating system that supports Advanced Micro Devices' coming 64-bit Athlon and Opteron processors, MandrakeSoft said Thursday. AMD's 64-bit chips are an extension to current 32-bit models such as Intel's Pentium or AMD's current Athlon products, but the design competes with a very different approach Intel is taking with its 64-bit Itanium family. Mandrake is working to port its product to the 64-bit processors, and the software will be able to run both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux programs, the company said. The new Mandrake Linux 9 for 64-bit AMD processors is expected to go on sale by the beginning of 2003.

MandrakeSoft will sell a version of its Linux operating system that supports Advanced Micro Devices' coming 64-bit Athlon and Opteron processors, MandrakeSoft said Thursday. AMD's 64-bit chips are an extension to current 32-bit models such as Intel's Pentium or AMD's current Athlon products, but the design competes with a very different approach Intel is taking with its 64-bit Itanium family.

Mandrake is working to port its product to the 64-bit processors, and the software will be able to run both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux programs, the company said. The new Mandrake Linux 9 for 64-bit AMD processors is expected to go on sale by the beginning of 2003.