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NetworkWorld: Linux a la carte [from VA Linux]

Aug 30, 2000, 16:54 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"With Dell Computer CEO Michael Dell giving the keynote at Linux World... VA Linux is paying homage to the king of build-to-order hardware with the announcement of its new Build to Order Software (BTOS) program. BTOS will allow VA customers to specify their own customizations and optimal configurations for Linux when purchasing the server itself."

"VA Linux says the model is based on Dell's direct-order server customization business, but instead of tweaking the RAM, processor speed and cache, customers can specify if they want a Linux-based file, print, application, firewall, database or Web server. Other network operating systems that come preinstalled on server hardware, such Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Novell NetWare, are usually installed from a single drive image, and are not easily customized for users' needs."

"The project was born out of VA's user feedback data, which showed that almost 90% of its customers reinstalled and reconfigured their VA Linux servers once purchased, to optimize the system for certain tasks, delete unwanted or unneeded software and add security features. ... According to Augustin, all pieces of the various Linux code building blocks available for users to choose from have been tested and confirmed to interoperate with each other. The blocks have also been optimized for, or "burned into," VA Linux hardware."

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