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BW: Red Hat and Dell Extend Alliance; Dell To Factory-Install Red Hat Linux on Entire Server Line

Dec 06, 1999, 13:23 (3 Talkback[s])

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"Red Hat(R), Inc... the leading provider of open source solutions, and Dell Computer Corporation... today extended their strategic alliance with a worldwide service and support agreement and a commitment from Dell to factory-install Red Hat Linux on all future and currently shipping Dell(R) PowerEdge(R) server models."

Dell, the number No. 2 PC server provider worldwide... , was the first major systems vendor to factory-install Red Hat Linux on its servers and workstations. With today's announcement, Dell becomes the first major systems vendor to factory-install Red Hat Linux across its entire server line, making the PowerEdge brand even more attractive as a platform on which to build Internet-based business activities. Factory installation of an operating system (OS) customizes each server to exact customer specifications, which can save companies time and money and ultimately speed the installation and deployment of systems once they reach the customer location. Dell continues to offer factory installation of Red Hat Linux across selected configurations of its workstations and desktop PCs.

"The Dell 'seal-of-approval' is important in advancing Linux-based OSes in the enterprise space," said Matthew Szulik, president and CEO of Red Hat. "Dell continues to lead all server providers in offering Red Hat Linux-based platforms, and with today's announcement, adds worldwide service and support to its Linux capabilities. We're pleased that customers can look to Dell for a 'one-stop-shop' customized Red Hat Linux solution."

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