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SJ Mercury: VA Linux to unveil build-to-order software model

Aug 14, 2000, 15:55 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"Among the many product announcements at LinuxWorld in San Jose this week, one that stands out is a move by VA Linux Systems Inc. to differentiate itself from the bigger guns in the computer hardware business. VA plans to announce that it will offer software on a build-to-order model when it sells its computer systems that are optimized to run Linux."

"We will do for software what Dell has done for hardware," Larry Augustin, chief executive of VA, said in an interview at its offices, where stuffed, plastic and crystal penguins, the Linux mascot, adorn many an engineer's cubicle along with yellow crime-scene tape declaring the area a "Windows-Free Zone."

"Augustin said that 90 percent of VA's customers re-install and re-configure the different open source software and Linux options on their servers. With VA's build-to-order software, customers can choose from over 700 optional software packages, installed at the factory, and two choices of Linux, Red Hat or Debian, at no extra charge. "In some ways, we think it saves money, and it's easier for us to support," Augustin said.

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