Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Register is reporting that Red Hat is out of the Itanium business on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
Here’s what Red Hat had to say, officially:
Red Hat is committed to protecting Itanium customers’ investments and to providing these customers with enterprise class support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 through March 2014. During this period, Red Hat will provide support, deliver new features, and enable new Itanium hardware in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 exclusively in accordance with the published RHEL product lifecycle (http://www.redhat.com/security/updates/errata/). In addition, extended support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for Itanium is available up to March 2017 from selected OEMs.
The next major release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v6) will not provide support for the Itanium architecture; consequently, all Itanium related development will be incorporated into Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 exclusively.
More in Timothy Prickett Morgan’s article. If you are still using Itanic gear in your supers with Red Hat’s OS, I hope you like RHEL 5.