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Dell puts the penguin on its servers to make three OSes

Microsoft Windows and Novell NetWare will share space with Linux as a primary operating system offered by PC and server hardware vendor Dell.

Microsoft Windows and Novell NetWare will share space with Linux as a primary operating system offered by PC and server hardware vendor Dell.

The freeware operating system was given the thumbs up by Dell, as the vendor opted to raise the number to three of options which it would offer its customers.

Specifically, the announcement is part of Dell and Linux vendor Red Hat’s ‘One Source Alliance,’ a global initiative intended to speed commercial acceptance for Linux-based systems for the Internet infrastructure.

Dell said the move also reflects its commitment to Linux as a future operating system in applications where Unix is widely deployed currently.

“Some of our competitors could be accused of losing focus, offering minimal Linux capabilities while protecting their proprietary, high-margin Unix platforms. Linux is our Unix offering and we’re working together with Red Hat to capitalise on the enormous market opportunity today for the Internet infrastructure build-out,” said Tejas Vakil, vice president, Enterprise Business, Dell Europe, Middle East and Africa.

While Dell’s plans for Linux initially will be on Intel’s IA-32 based architecture, the company is collaborating with Red Hat to facilitate the migration of Linux into higher-end systems based on Intel’s IA-64 architecture.

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