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