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LinuxPlanet: Dell Feels Linux Customer Demand

Apr 03, 2003, 17:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"In rolling out low-cost, Oracle-based server clusters on Wednesday, Dell CEO Michael Dell mentioned Linux and Windows as 'standards' in almost the same breath. At the same press conference in New York City, though, members of a Dell customer panel indicated that momentum for Linux could be starting to outweigh attachment to Windows and other OS among Dell's customer base.

"Dell's servers only use 'standards-based systems,' contended Michael Dell, who pointed to Linux and Windows as Dell's two supported operating environments. Dell, however, also described Linux as the 'fastest-growing' environment.

"As benefits of standardization, the CEO cited cost savings, 'reduction in complexity,' and easier ability to port applications between OS.

"In a clear reference to Sun Solaris and other Unix systems, Dell maintained that his company's Linux- and Windows-based cluster servers will 'edge out proprietary niche' systems..."

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