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Dell throws (red) hat into Linux ring

This is a Red Hat press release about Dell’s recent move to
support Linux on their workstations and servers.

No. 1 Personal Workstation Supplier Worldwide, Second Largest
Supplier of Servers in the U.S. Offers Online Sales of Retail
Version of Red Hat Linux

Research Triangle, NC February 4, 1999–Red Hat® Software,
Inc. announced today that it has designated selected server and
workstation configurations from Dell® Computer Corporation
(Nasdaq: DELL), the leading direct systems vendor worldwide, as
certified and compatible with Red Hat Linux. Information on today’s
announcement can be found at http://www.redhat.com/partners/dell.

Red Hat has awarded Hardware Certification to selected
configurations of the Dell PowerEdge® 1300 and 2300 servers.
With today’s announcement, PowerEdge server customers in the United
States can now obtain the retail version of Red Hat Linux 5.2 in
four ways: online from Dell through its DellWare procurement
service, through Red Hat, through any Red Hat Linux authorized
reseller, or by purchasing a server from Dell and having the
software factory-installed through its DellPlus Custom Factory
Integration program. More information on the certified
configurations of Dell PowerEdge servers can be found at http://www.dell.com/products/poweredge/linux/index.htm.

The company also awarded selected configurations of the Dell
Precision WorkStation 410 and 610 as compatible with the Red Hat
Linux operating system. In the United States, Dell Precision
WorkStation customers will be able to purchase workstations from
Dell and have Red Hat Linux pre-installed through its DellPlus
Custom Factory Integration program. More information on the
compatible Dell Precision WorkStation configurations and ordering
information can be found at http://www.dell.com/products/workstat/ISV/linux.htm.

More than 10 million users currently run the Linux operating
system. According to IDC Research, Linux was the fastest-growing
server operating environment in 1998, capturing more than 17
percent of all server operating system shipments.

“Dell’s build-to-order business model, strong Internet
presence, and direct relationship with customers is a perfect
complement to the development model of the Linux operating
system,” said Bob Young, CEO, Red Hat Software. “The
certification of Dell’s popular workstation and server lines,
combined with the company’s emphasis on performance and quality,
will deliver Red Hat Linux users a highly-reliable, established
solution for corporate computing.”

“Through our DellPlus Custom Factory Integration program, we
have been offering Red Hat Linux pre-installed to customer
specification for some time and will continue to do that,” said
Mike Lambert, senior vice president of Dell’s Enterprise Systems
Group. “With this announcement, customers will have increased
certainty that Red Hat Linux runs well on our Dell Precision
WorkStations and PowerEdge servers. We’re working with Red Hat to
ensure customers around the world receive additional value and
reliability when they choose to run Red Hat Linux on Dell
systems.”

Contact:

Jon Weisblatt, Dell Precision WorkStations, 512-728-1226

Bryan Scanlon or Jennifer April, Schwartz Communications for Red
Hat, (781) 684-0770, [email protected]