Dell and Red Hat Expand Partnership to Accelerate Linux Success in Corporate Market

Dell First Major Systems Vendor to Factory Pre-Install Red Hat Linux on Corporate Systems


Dell Computer Corporation (Nasdaq: DELL) the world's leading direct systems vendor and Red Hat, Inc. a leader in Linux technology and services jointly announced today that Dell will factory install the Red Hat Linux operating system on Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell Precision WorkStations.

The announcement, which expands the joint efforts of Dell and Red Hat to make Red Hat Linux a success in the corporate market, also makes Dell the first major systems vendor to offer Web ordering of systems with Red Hat Linux already installed. Dell said the move is a response to growing customer demand worldwide for systems configured with Linux.

Dell, the leading supplier of systems to corporate America, also said it plans to offer Red Hat Linux pre-installed on Dell OptiPlex desktop PCs during the second quarter of 1999.

Dell and Red Hat also said that Burlington Coat Factory had purchased 1,250 Dell OptiPlex desktop PCs with Red Hat Linux installed. Through the DellPlus Custom Factory Integration program, the 1,250 systems were configured and shipped directly to 264 Burlington Coat Factory locations throughout the United States. (See separate release for details.)

The two companies have worked together to ensure corporate customers that Red Hat Linux would run and be supported on selected Dell systems. Today, the two companies take an additional step to make Red Hat Linux easier to obtain from Dell. Under the expanded partnership, customers at Dell's website can order and easily customize selected configurations of the Dell Precision WorkStation 410 or 610 with Linux at Customers can also easily order selected Dell PowerEdge 1300 and 2300 servers at Dell OptiPlex desktop PCs will be orderable in the same easy fashion in the second quarter of 1999.

Red Hat and Dell also announced today that their expanded relationship includes a minority equity investment in Red Hat by Dell. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

"Our expanded partnership with Dell represents a broad commitment by both companies to make Red Hat Linux a success in the corporate market," said Robert F. Young, co-founder and CEO of Red Hat Software. "Dell's powerful one-to-one relationship with its customers and its highly efficient, build-to-order capabilities make it tremendously easy for companies to choose and order Dell systems pre-configured with Red Hat Linux."

"As the third largest supplier of PC systems worldwide and the leader in providing PC systems to the US corporate market, Dell is a driving force in the use and acceptance of key technologies for corporations worldwide," said Michael Lambert, senior vice president, Dell Enterprise Systems Group. "Our relationship with Red Hat, a leader in the delivery of Linux technology, enables us to respond to customers with Dell systems configured with Linux that are reliable and backed with the outstanding support."

Today's announcement caps a quarter of major announcements and momentum for Red Hat. At last month's LinuxWorld Expo, more than 8,000 members of the Linux community voted Red Hat a LinuxWorld Favorite. InfoWorld also once again named Red Hat Linux Product of the Year for the third consecutive year.

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