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CNET News.com: Dell looks to keep Sun at bay with Linux

Aug 15, 2000, 20:51 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Linux will help Dell Computer dislodge Sun Microsystems, chief executive Michael Dell predicted today during a speech in which he also knocked the business plan of one of his company's major partners: Microsoft. "The open-source collaborative development model is built to succeed in the Internet age," Dell said in his keynote address at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Jose, Calif. "It makes much more sense than the proprietary model."

"Dell sells most Linux systems on its server line, the environment where Linux and its progenitor, Unix, grew up. But Dell said in a news conference that his company also is examining the viability of Linux on the desktop, a move that would provide a more direct threat to Microsoft's stronghold."

"We're quite interested in how (Eazel's software) or the desktop opportunity might emerge," Dell said. At this point it's a matter of when the technology will be ready to deliver to customers, he added. The company is displaying desktop computers running Eazel's software at the show."

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