Dell flies Red Flag Linux in China

The computer maker starts selling servers running a version of Linux from Red Flag, a Chinese company seen as an important ally in gaining customers in that country.

Dell has begun to sell servers running a version of Linux Red Flag Software as part of its efforts to expand in China.

Red Flag sells versions of the Linux operating system for servers,


Get Up to Speed on...
Open source
Get the latest headlines and
company-specific news in our
expanded GUTS section.


desktops and consumer electronics devices such as set-top boxes. The company came out of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and counts the government as an investor. Company CEO Liu Bo, a survivor of the Cultural Revolution, is a fixture in China's information technology community and worked for several years as an executive in Microsoft's Beijing office.

Thus, Red Flag is seen as an important ally in gaining customers. In September, Hewlett-Packard signed a development and marketing deal with the company. Similarly, Oracle and IBM are working with Red Flag to bundle their respective databases with Red Flag's Linux.

Round Rock, Texas-based Dell said Thursday that it completed certification on Red Flag's version of Linux in November and will immediately begin to bundle it with select PowerEdge servers.

Invite Michael Kanellos into your in-box
Senior department editor Michael Kanellos scrutinizes the hardware industry in a weekly column that ranges from chips to servers and other critical business systems. Enterprise Hardware every Wednesday.




"Dell has committed significant engineering and development resources to Linux in direct response to customer requests for Unix alternatives. We will continue to advocate Linux for use in high-performance computing clusters and Oracle database support," said Piau Phang Foo, president of Dell China.

Although direct sales is still something of a foreign concept in China, Dell has become one of the largest multinational PC makers in the country. Right now, Dell ranks behind only Lenovo (formerly Legend) in PC shipments, according to Michael Dell.

Newsletters

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
See All
See All