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Is it Tru64, NT 64-bit, or what?

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A press conference held at breakfast time this morning has demonstrated that the combined might of Compaq, DEC and Tandem is taking a while to settle down. The argument is still raging internally over what exactly a 64-bit operating system is, it has emerged. A team of 12 product marketing managers from Compaq debated a Gartner Group report, as to whether Tru64 Unix or NT 64-bit will dominate the enterprise next century. Opinions varied widely. Iain Stephen, software product manager of Compaq's Enterprise Computer Group, said: "Tru64 was chosen because of its independence of the company." He said: "We want to be number two in Unix by the year 2002." He claimed Gartner's report that all corporations should think about a migration to Merced was incomplete. Said Stephen: "We all know the Gartner analysis that says three Unix flavours will win." Without mentioning clone Unix flavour Linux, Stephen said: "Unix and NT integrated applications can work on both but you need to be able to manage it." His view got a separate twist from Rhys Austin, product marketing manager of ProLiant and ProSignia servers. Austin said that both Alpha and Intel platforms were industry standard platforms. Tandem stood aloof from the proceedings. Its announcement today was that its .99999 offerings were widely accepted by the banking and telco players. The debate continues. ®

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