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Information Week: Dell, HP, And IBM Step Up Linux Efforts...

Aug 22, 2000, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Mcdougall, Elisabeth Goodridge, Tony Kontzer)

"Doubts about Linux's status as a mainstream technology keep fading. Three of the world's largest computer makers said last week that they're stepping up efforts to sell products based on the open-source operating system."

"Dell Computer CEO Michael Dell says his company's Linux server sales are expected to increase as more businesses move key applications to the Web, where Linux is making its biggest inroads. He predicts that by 2003, 27% of the servers Dell sells will have Linux preinstalled. In the second quarter of this year, 10% of Dell's server sales were Linux systems, up from 4% a year ago. Open-source software, Dell says, "makes much more sense than the proprietary model" thanks to its low cost and flexible development environment."

"Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard, which has been quiet on the Linux front until now, views the operating system as a strategic technology, says Joel Birnbaum, the company's chief scientist. Linux could become the operating system of choice for many computer users within 10 years, Birnbaum says, predicting that it will play a major role in running smart appliances."

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