"As the battle for dominance in the Linux desktop environment
heats up, Dell Computer Corp. will announce next week that it has
taken a significant stake in Linux software developer Eazel Inc.
Dell will also start shipping Eazel's network user environment with
all its Linux-based desktop and notebook products starting early
"The deal extends the "holy war" between GNOME and KDE (K
Desktop Environment). Dell is clearly favoring the GNOME project,
with Michael Massetti, Dell's software marketing director,
admitting he hoped this deal would make Dell's Linux desktop
offering more competitive with KDE."
"While both Dell and Eazel declined to disclose financial
details, Massetti said the deal was similar to others Dell had done
with Linuxcare Inc., TurboLinux Inc., Red Hat Inc. and CollabNet
Inc. "Dell Ventures, our investment arm, has entered into
agreements with all of these companies as we work together to grow
and improve the market," he said. The Eazel deal is another cog in
improving Linux from a customer usability perspective, and it
ensures that Dell's Linux customers have access to a
state-of-the-art file manager on the GNOME platform, he said."
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