Is Dell becoming an open source company?

Yes, but it is not exactly being planned that way. It is bubbling up like most open source projects do. But in many respects the move to open source is also by design. Dell does not want to be a box maker anymore. That makes open source a desirable option. With open source, Dell can leverage an ecosystem of partners and developers.

Here are four examples that show the shift and why it matters to the company’s future.

PCs (Laptops): Dell turned some heads this week at OSCON with the news that it would be selling a Linux laptop made for developers. Klint Finley writes that Dell will sell a special “developer edition” of its XPS13 Ultrabook starting this fall. Code named Project Sputnik, the laptop will come pre-loaded with Ubuntu, a user friendly distribution of the open source operating system…

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