LinuxPlanet: Dell Feels Linux Customer Demand
Apr 03, 2003, 17:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)
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"In rolling out low-cost, Oracle-based server clusters on
Wednesday, Dell CEO Michael Dell mentioned Linux and Windows as
'standards' in almost the same breath. At the same press conference
in New York City, though, members of a Dell customer panel
indicated that momentum for Linux could be starting to outweigh
attachment to Windows and other OS among Dell's customer base.
"Dell's servers only use 'standards-based systems,' contended
Michael Dell, who pointed to Linux and Windows as Dell's two
supported operating environments. Dell, however, also described
Linux as the 'fastest-growing' environment.
"As benefits of standardization, the CEO cited cost savings,
'reduction in complexity,' and easier ability to port applications
"In a clear reference to Sun Solaris and other Unix systems,
Dell maintained that his company's Linux- and Windows-based cluster
servers will 'edge out proprietary niche' systems..."