Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Feb 2013 14:29 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Dell today announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement under which Michael Dell, Dell's Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, in partnership with global technology investment firm Silver Lake, will acquire Dell." So, Dell has gone private, and Microsoft has contributed a $2 billion loan to the deal.
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RE[3]: this is all bad
by lemur2 on Wed 6th Feb 2013 09:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: this is all bad"
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"Microsoft was asking for a lot of control for the $2 Billion. Dell's Server line running Linux did a lot of business is a part of the market MIcrosoft was losing share in. Bet you they stop offering Linux at all soon.

Sources? Or is this just normal anti-Microsoft paranoia?

If you had a chance to work on a company that made a deal (no matter which one) with Microsoft, you know that deal comes with "required conditions"

Conditions like:
a. Sell only MS products
b. Use only MS products for your company (only exception is Graphic Departments that can use Macs cause we suck).

Don't know how legal that can be, but have seen it.

Maybe we are now starting to see something different from Microsoft?

Linux (the kernel) has twice the market share (over the entire computing market, which covers far more machines than just the desktop) than the Windows kernel does.

Anyone offering servers does more business with Linux machines than Windows. Dell included.

Finally, even on the desktop, Microsoft's attitude to Linux (which previously seems to have been that Linux must be killed at all costs) may possibly be slowly changing:

Microsoft Looking At Office For Linux In 2014

From a source in Brussels, Belgium during the Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) this past weekend, I was informed that Microsoft is having a "meaningful look" at a full Linux port of Office thanks to Linux showing signs of commercial viability on the desktop.


Edited 2013-02-06 09:30 UTC

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