"Wintel", Microsoft Windows on Intel PCs, seems natural, inevitable and
invulnerable to most people - but is it? While Microsoft ridiculed Java NCs
(Network Computers), Intel quietly developed NC/Java chips. As Microsoft
boasts how powerful 64-bit Windows NT will be on Intel's new Merced chip, Intel
works hand in hand with Unix vendors to get them on Merced long before
In June/July 1998, Intel showed up at a Linux convention and unexpectedly declared their support for Linux. Some industry watchers consider this date to be the official date of "the death of Wintel". Now Intel is investing serious money in Red Hat, the best known of commercial Linux distributor. Intel's investment assures the Linux community will have access to new Intel computer and network technologies as soon as, or even before Microsoft does.
Caldera expects to announce its own group of investors in the next few weeks. To date, the primary Caldera backer has been Ray Noorda, former chief of Novell.
Why would Intel risk so profitable an alliance as "Wintel"?
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