Dell is to license Sun Microsystem's Solaris operating system, the companies announced on Wednesday at the Oracle OpenWorld user conference.
The US system builder is to build servers and bundle the operating system with them, however, no date for the first systems has been announced.
The details of the deal were announced by Dell's CEO, Michael Dell and Sun's CEO, Jonathan Schwartz at the conference in San Francisco.
"Dell's offering of Solaris redefines the market opportunity for both companies," Schwartz said in a statement to the press. "The relationship gives Dell broader reach into the global free software community with Solaris and OpenSolaris, and gives Sun access to channels and customers across the volume marketplace."