Dell said his company has seen Linux uptake for servers increase faster than Windows server products, despite Microsoft’s claims.
He said: “On the server side Linux continues to grow nicely, a bit faster than Windows. We’re seeing a move to Linux in critical applications, and Linux migration has not slowed down.”
However, for those customers who might be concerned about whether Microsoft’s claims of patent violation could result in legal action, Dell added that there were “certainly mechanisms if customers are concerned about patents”.
With the arrival of Ubuntu 7.10 only a few days away, consider the Linux on the server stories to reach a feverish pitch — again. Will Dell start pre-installing Ubuntu on its servers after the Ubuntu Server tweaking that’s gone on for the past six months? Will they continue to watch what happens with the Ubuntu desktops and laptops it started selling earlier this year?
Hopefully, we’ll get the answers to these questions and more during a Q&A with Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth tomorrow at 12 EST. The rest, as always, is up to Dell. Comments like these are encouraging, however.