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CNET News.com: Dell invests in Linux-for-the-masses company Eazel

Nov 30, 2000, 23:41 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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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