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eWeek: Michael Dell sings Linux's praises

Aug 15, 2000, 23:48 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"We are spending more R&D dollars on Linux than any other OS, given its size," Dell said. He also said Dell uses Linux in-house in several areas, including during manufacturing for software-image burn-in on new machines. Dell claimed the Linux-based manufacturing system is saving the company "several million dollars per year."

"The Dell chairman was also bullish on Linux's prospects as a future desktop OS system. He said Linux on the desktop was equivalent, in terms of units, to the market share owned by Mac OS-based systems."

"He said Linux's cost, peer-to-peer code review, fluidity of features and free online support are benefits that drive the operating system among its customers. Dell highlighted a Toyota Linux customer demo, in which Toyota abandoned an attempt to have Microsoft develop a dealer-documentation system in favor of writing its own, based on Linux."

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