"Linux will help Dell Computer dislodge Sun Microsystems, chief
executive Michael Dell predicted today during a speech in which he
also knocked the business plan of one of his company's major
partners: Microsoft. "The open-source collaborative development
model is built to succeed in the Internet age," Dell said in his
keynote address at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Jose,
Calif. "It makes much more sense than the proprietary model."
"Dell sells most Linux systems on its server line, the
environment where Linux and its progenitor, Unix, grew up. But Dell
said in a news conference that his company also is examining the
viability of Linux on the desktop, a move that would provide a more
direct threat to Microsoft's stronghold."
"We're quite interested in how (Eazel's software) or the
desktop opportunity might emerge," Dell said. At this point it's a
matter of when the technology will be ready to deliver to
customers, he added. The company is displaying desktop computers
running Eazel's software at the show."
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