Dell, Red Hat team up on Linux
- By IDG News Service, James Evans
- Jun 21, 2000
Dell Computer Corp. said Tuesday that it is boosting its use of the Linux
operating system on desktop and notebook machines by forging an alliance
with Red Hat Inc.
Mike Lambert, Dell's senior vice president, said during a teleconference
that the computer company will add Red Hat's Linux to its operating system
options, which include Microsoft Corp.'s Windows and Novell Inc.'s NetWare.
"We already have seen considerable growth in the Linux shipments," Lambert
Dell ranks second in the market for sales of servers with the Linux operating
system, Lambert said. Compaq Computer Corp. is ranked first, he said, referencing
a International Data Corp. study.
Dell already provides Linux on its servers and Precision workstations. On
Tuesday, Dell added it to at least one platform in each one of its notebook
and desktop products.
Linux is sold by commercial software houses such as Red Hat that charge
users for the software and related services. It is also available for free
on the Web and is based on the open-source model of development. Developers
and users — many of them working on an unpaid basis — collaborate to modify
and update the code.