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Dell, Linux win PC order
April 6, 1999: 11:26 a.m. ET

Dell to install Linux-based system for Burlington Coat, take Red Hat stake
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NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Dell Computer said Tuesday it will install 1,250 computers using the Linux operating system at discount retailer Burlington Coat Factory, the latest win for the increasingly popular computer operating software.
     Dell also said it will take a minority stake in Red Hat Software, a company that sells and services Linux, "open" software whose source code is available to programmers worldwide, unlike the code for competing systems such as Microsoft's NT, now part of Windows 2000.
     Dell said that Burlington Coat Factory (BCF) will use the computers to manage day-to-day operations at its 264 stores nationwide. No dollar value was given for the order, nor did Dell disclose details of its investment in Red Hat.
     But the move is the latest victory for Linux, which has been embraced by a host of hardware and software makers in recent months.
     Dell said it is offering Linux preinstalled on workstations and servers and will offer it on some desktop machines by mid-year. Workstations are powerful computers used by engineers and other researchers; servers link personal computers into networks.
     Dell Computer shares rose 7/8 to 44-15/16 in morning trading on Nasdaq. Burlington Coat Factory added 3/16 to 11-13/16 on the New York Stock Exchange. Back to top

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