FORTUNE — Dell Inc. (DELL) is going private, and now its rivals are beginning to chime in on the $24.4 billion deal.
First up was Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), which is the world’s largest PC maker (and one that was going to spin off its PC division before Meg Whitman took over and scrapped the idea).
As Julianne Pepitone pointed out, there is more than a bit of irony in HP criticizing others for “an extended period of uncertainty and transition.” Also worth noting that HP’s board includes Marc Andreessen, whose firm participated in the last big private equity situation that also involved both Microsoft (MSFT)and Silver Lake Partners (that would be Skype). Also on the HP board is G. Kennedy Thompson, who is a senior advisor to leveraged buyout firm Aquiline Capital Partners.
Lenovo (LNVGY), which sells the second-most number of PCs, chose to talk about itself rather than take potshots at Dell:
Dell did not mention competitors in its own statement announcing the deal. Maybe that’s because it’s trying to transition into more of an enterprise services company, and mentioning HP or Lenovo would reinforce its reputation as a PC maker…
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