Dell Computer CEO, Michael Dell, says that Linux will help him fend off Sun Microsystem’s challenge to his company’s lead in the power computing market. The hardware manufacturer predicted that “the open-source collaborative development model is built to succeed in the Internet age,” inferring that Sun and Microsoft are not. Dell also announced his company was negotiating with Eazel, made up in large part of ex-Macintosh programmers working to make the Gnome interface competitive in the desktop arena.
In a press conference after delivering his keynote address, Dell fielded a number of hostile questions from those who don’t believe his company has done enough to promote Linux. Dell responded that his company sells 10 percent of its servers with Linux installed, more than any of his large competitors. He said he hopes that percentage will increase.