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WideOpenNews: Vendors Ramp Up Linux Efforts

Dec 08, 1999, 19:24 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patricia Krueger, Anne Speedie)

"In response to growing demand, the biggest hardware vendors are starting to offer their own support for Linux and some are even preinstalling the OS on their machines."

"Dell's commitment to bundle Linux across its entire PowerEdge server line, announced Monday, has upped the ante in the challenge against the dominant NT. But Dell's move is but the most recent among major server and desktop developers like IBM and Compaq, who in the past year have ramped up their Linux offerings in response to a growing number of the OS's acolytes. According to IDC, the entire Linux market will grow at a compounded annual rate of 25 percent through 2003. It appears that vendors have more to lose than free software if they bypass the expanding market."

"We've compiled a comprehensive list of the major hardware vendors, who, like Dell, are presenting Linux-related alternatives to the dominant OS."

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