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ZDnet: Dell Tightens Linux Ties

Aug 12, 2003, 18:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"Dell has expanded its work with leading Linux seller Red Hat, but its relations with No. 2 SuSE are warming.

"Dell's primary Linux partner is Red Hat, whose software it bundles with its servers and with whom the company has signed support contracts. Last week, Dell announced it has begun making Red Hat's new midrange version of Linux available with its servers.

"But because of customer demand, the Round Rock, Texas-based computer maker and SuSE are starting to work more closely together, SuSE CEO Richard Seibt said. In one recent customer deal, Dell bid with Red Hat as a partner and IBM bid with SuSE. Dell won, but the customer requested that Dell install SuSE's Linux, Seibt said. SuSE declined to disclose the name of the customer..."

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