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Tuesday, 1 May, 2007

Welcome, Dell.

Seriously.

Welcome to the most exciting and important marketplace since the open-source revolution began 16 years ago; and congratulations on your first Linux-enabled “personal computer”.

Putting real computer power in the hands of the individual has irrevocably altered the way people work, think, learn, communicate and spend their leisure hours. Computer literacy has become as fundamental a skill as reading or writing.

For years, the cubicles, basements and bedrooms throughout the world have developed billions of lines of code. Each expanding the power of what was once called the personal computer into more fields, more languages and with greater stability and utility than ever before.

Next year alone, over 500,000 will come anew to that understanding. Over the next decade, the growth of popularly developed software will continue in logarithmic leaps.

We look forward to the massive effort to distribute this unifying technology to the world.

And we appreciate the magnitude of your commitment.

Because what we are doing is increasing social capital by enhancing personal productivity.

Welcome to the task.

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