LA Times: Dell Bent on Protecting Coveted Turf

“Last week, before Dell announced a $16-billion, seven-year deal
to buy disk drives and other components from IBM, Chief Executive
Michael Dell sat down with The Times in San Francisco. Dell was in
town to promote his new book, “Direct From Dell” in which he
discusses his business strategies.”

Q: Where is [alternative operating system] Linux going?

A: I’ve been surprised. We had a commercial customer order 250
machines with Linux on them to run a retail network of stores.
There is growing demand there. We’re going to start selling Linux
to single-party users very soon.

Q: It’s going to be on the menu?

A: Yes. You’ll go to http://www.dell.com, pull down “operating
system,” and click “Linux.”


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