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The "Dell Direct" mantra seems to be changing to "new Dell Direct-ions."

The "Dell Direct" mantra seems to be changing to "new Dell Direct-ions."

First, Dell moved away from its Intel-only stance, manufacturing servers with AMD chips. More recently, it changed its Microsoft-only positioning, announcing a partnership with Canonical to preload Ubuntu Linux on certain Dell PCs. And thats not including the ups and downs and ins and outs of Dells management—most notably, Michael Dell himself.

eWeeks cover story this week, reported by Staff Writer Scott Ferguson and Senior Editor Jessica Davis starting on Page 22, delves into whats been going on at Dell and what it all means for enterprise customers. Rounding out the coverage, we have Senior Editor Peter Gallis Page 27 interview with Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth and, on Page 40, Advanced Technologies Analyst Jason Brooks review of Ubuntu 7.04.

Dells not the only company looking to make changes to improve its corporate health, of course, and Microsoft, SAP and Oracle are battling to be the ones to help businesses perform their own checkups. Senior Writer Renee Boucher Ferguson reports on Page 20 that the vendors are courting CFOs with their respective corporate performance management applications.

On Page 13, Senior Editor Darryl K. Taft reports that Sun is not sitting by idly as Adobe and Microsoft do battle for the hearts and minds of developers. While Microsoft recently made news with its Silverlight platform, designed to help developers deliver the next generation of rich-media applications and positioned squarely against Adobes Flash, Sun is lengthening the evaluation shortlist with its JavaFX Script.

Java may be taking a development step forward, but its taken a security step backward, according to Senior Editor Lisa Vaas story on Page 16. Lisa reports on a number of code defects that are making Java-based Web apps vulnerable.

In the Labs section, Chief Technology Analyst Jim Rapoza not only puts two hosted document management systems to the test, he puts document management in the SAAS (software as a service) model to the test as well, starting on Page 35. For a more detailed look at the products used as proof points, see Jims slide shows at