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The Register: Dell, Prisoner of the Beast of Redmond

Sep 07, 2004, 17:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Dell has a long history--regularly documented in these pages--of not quite getting behind Linux on the desktop. Dell Linux machines do pop up every now and again, but what desktop efforts there are find themselves first consigned to obscure corners of the operation, then disappeared, no doubt because of lack of demand. Why is this? One can surmise that Dell's closeness to Microsoft has something to do with it, but one now has less reason to merely surmise, because Linspire CEO Michael Robertson has broken cover with a few claims, and a few numbers.

"Microsoft soft money 'kickbacks,' he estimates, could account for up to $200 million, 'or more than 25 per cent of Dell's profitability...'"

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