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VNU Net: Dell, Red Hat team up to push Linux

Jun 21, 2000, 22:26 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Geralds)

By John Geralds, VNU Net

Dell has given Linux a boost by naming it as the company's third strategic operating system after Windows and Novell's Netware.

Dell and Linux vendor Red Hat yesterday announced a joint initiative, called the One Source Alliance, which aims to speed up commercial acceptance of the open source operating system and meet the growing demand for Linux-based systems for web-based infrastructures.

Michael Lambert, senior vice president of Dell's enterprise systems group, said: "We've seen considerable growth to the Linux operating system." Dell plans to broaden its support for Red Hat Linux, he added.

Lambert claimed that Dell's range of PowerEdge and PowerAPP servers based on Linux, Windows and Netware will enable the company to address more than 80 per cent of the total server operating environments by 2003.

"Linux is our Unix offering and we are working together with Red Hat to capitalise on the enormous market opportunity for the internet infrastructure build-out," he said.

Dell will initially deliver Linux on Intel's IA-32 architecture but will work with Red Hat to migrate Linux into higher-end IA-64-based systems.

Lambert said Dell's adoption of Red Hat Linux would allow the company to compete directly with Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system.

Dell plans to train its support staff to provide technical aid for the operating software and software testing at three US centres.

Matthew Szulik, Red Hat chief executive officer, said: "To have it on equal footing with Windows NT is a great move."

Both Dell and Red Hat also promised to use each other's products internally. Red Hat will use Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell Precision workstations, and Dell will implement Red Hat Linux in certain areas of its IT manufacturing facilities.

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