"...Aside from forgetting to mention VA Linux's contribution to
the IA-64 Linux Project (formerly Trillian), on which Red Hat's
distribution is based, version one had a whole paragraph of
supporting good cheer from Dell VP and general manager, enterprise
server products, Bob Van Steenberg. But Bob's relatively innocuous
words were ripped out of version two."
"Here's what he said (or didn't say, we don't know): "We
continue to work closely with Red Hat, Intel and our strategic
independent software vendors (ISVs) to speed development of 64-bit
e-commerce solutions that are optimised on Dell systems... As a
world leader in Internet commerce and infrastructure products, Dell
is on track to be among the first to deliver to its customers Dell
PowerEdge servers and Dell Precision WorkStations based on Intel's
64-bit Itanium processors."
"Undoubtedly, the quote was supplied to Red Hat by Dell.
It's possible that it escaped without proper approval, and it's
possible that People On High within Dell who're known to be good
buddies with Bill decided to disapprove. That doesn't mean what Van
Steenberg said/didn't say won't happen, but it does indicate that
Dell is still performing a tricky little balancing act between the
Linux and Windows camp."
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