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LinuxWorld: Try Some 'Guerilla Capitalism': Get Dell to Pre-Install Linux for You

Sep 20, 2003, 01:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Berkowitz)

"Tuesday saw Dell president and COO Kevin Rollins deliver the keynote at the TECHXNY show. Rollins' major theme was the embracing of open standards by the tech industry. In his view, open standards represent a maturity, a stability and sense of reliability in the IT world that enables innovation. Such standards yield a solid base of commodity pieces which can, with imagination, be combined into non-commodities. Think rack-mounted servers networked into Beowulf Clusters. Or, in Rollins' example, flour and sugar combined into Krispy Kreme.

"The language Rollins used to deliver this content was intriguing. He spoke of the 'standards based approach to innovation.' In illustrating the recombinatory innovation idea, he noted that IT spending is moving away from 'costly, proprietary systems.' Most tellingly, he praised the 'Open Innovation' model, explaining how more perspectives on an issue yield better solutions that are quicker to market, echoing the open source aphorism, 'many eyes tame complexity...'"

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