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ENT News: Dell Still Noncommittal on 64-bit, Has Mixed Results on Linux

Sep 18, 2003, 23:30 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe McKendrick)

"While Dell has announced support for Itanium-based 64-bit computing, Rollins said Tuesday that it's 'premature' for Dell to begin supporting 64-bit computing in a big way. Instead, he said Dell would go where the mass market goes. Dell will mass-market 64-bit systems 'when customers want it; and when their hardware and software are ready to use it,' he said. 'It's going to happen, but it's going to be a little slow." He added, however, that in a few years, 64-bit systems might be the norm. 'We have no doubt that 64-bit is the wave the future.'

"Likewise, when it comes to open-source computing, Dell will support whatever the market demands. While Dell ships Red Hat Linux-based servers as well as Windows, Rollins said he still has not seen an appreciable demand for Linux on the desktop side. 'We offered Linux as a standard feature in a desktop, but nobody was buying it,' he said..."

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