"Dell Computer has invested in Eazel, a company devoted to
making Linux easier for average computer users, and will include
its software on Linux desktop and laptop computers."
"As part of the deal announced Thursday, Dell and Mountain View,
Calif.-based Eazel will share revenue from customers who sign up
for Eazel's services, said Brian Croll, Eazel's vice president for
marketing. Further terms of the deal, including the amount of the
investment, weren't disclosed."
"Dell, once a staunch ally of Microsoft, has been moving
gradually toward embracing open-source Linux as one of its three
"strategic" operating systems, along with Windows and Novell
NetWare. The move is a shot in the arm for Linux in general and for
Eazel in particular."
"A distribution partner is key for us to reach the wide audience
for Nautilus and Eazel services. This is the first big one to get
us on the board here," Croll said."
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