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The Register: Dell plans for Red Hat Linux Itanium boxes get disappeared

May 18, 2000, 13:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

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"...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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