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NewsFactor: The Flourishing Dell-Linux Coalition

Sep 29, 2003, 11:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vincent Ryan)

"Whoever said Dell would never be anything more than a peddler of low-cost PCs has been proven wrong -- many times. The latest evidence: Dell holding its own in the market for Linux servers against the likes of Hewlett-Packard and IBM, even in such niches as high-performance computing.

"The fact is, but for HP's acquisition of Compaq, Dell might have been sitting atop the market-share charts for worldwide Linux-server sales and shipments the last 18 months. As it is, Dell is gaining ground on number one HP.

"How did Dell become one of the top players in the Linux server market? As it turns out, both its image and its business model are well-suited to customers who purchase Linux servers, and Dell offers a bang for the buck that other hardware vendors find hard to match. Can Dell continue to sell Linux servers at this pace, even while the open source OS penetrates more complex areas of the network? Maybe -- and maybe not..."

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