__/ [ Rex Ballard ] on Tuesday 28 February 2006 06:53 \__
> Dell has a contract with Microsoft. I don't know the exact contract
> with Microsoft, but if it's like most OEM contracts, it gives Microsoft
> final approval rights over all ads, marketing, and any other use of the
> Microsoft logo and trademarks. It also limits the activities of the
> telephone sales people who call into the number for ordering Windows
> Perhaps Dell has a different telephone number for selling Linux
> It's a bit like there's a legal "Wall" between the two organizations.
> Dell can sell Linux machines, but they have to provide their own
> advertizing and that advertizing can make NO mention of Windows. But
> even this seems to be getting relaxed as the Linux environments seem to
> be focused on Linux can now list Windows.
> Dell is pushing, and Microsoft is giving ground. It's a delicate
> dance, in which Microsoft must give far more in order for Dell to
> survive as a company.
If Dell made the choice to invest in and offer Linux, I believe the plan is
for a staged, gentle phasing. Perhaps Linux offers will sooner or later
percolate to the front page. The question is: which will the chair break the
camel's back and lead to tensions?