February 3, 2003
Dell, Sun execs trade jabs over Unix viability
Because Dell's systems are based on Oracle, and Oracle is available to both the Sun Solaris and Red Hat Linux environments, Mott says that Dell looked into switching to Linux. The company determined that such move would yield a configuration 89 percent faster and 41 less expensive. Keeping in mind that Dell has strategic sales relationships with both Red Hat and Oracle, it's hard to say how much of this reconfiguration is mandated. On the other hand, I can't believe that Mott would risk his career and his company's future on a move in which he did not have full confidence.