Dell collaborates with Microsoft/Novell – 2007 is definitely the year of desktop Linux
Last week, Dell was getting in bed with Ubuntu, this week there’s a Microsoft/Novell deal. The terms are interesting: Dell purchasing SLES (SuSE Linux Enterprise Server) certificates from Microsoft. Then, there’s the existing Dell Linux customer base – this deal is meant to market and offer services to migrate them to SLES!
Two platforms of the future – Microsoft Windows and Linux. These are also the two platforms for today. Dell will focus on interoperability workshops, migration proof of concepts, and provide migration services. I wonder how much of these will hit Dell or Novell partners, offering similar services. Watch the video-blog on Dell’s blog.
Questions that remain to be answered, and will be interesting to see unfold:
- Where does this leave Red Hat? Is something interesting going to be announced at the Red Hat Summit happening May 9-11?
- HP is a big supporter of Linux, with Debian. Where is the synergy with them to move the Ubuntu or even the Novell way?
A lot of folk have predicted many years in the past were the year of desktop Linux adoption. I think 2007 is the year of desktop Linux adoption. More importantly, I think I’m right.