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CNET News.com: Custom software strategy spreads among Linux firms

Aug 25, 2000, 06:59 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Penguin Computing has added a build-to-order system that lets customers fine-tune the software for their Linux computers--less than two weeks after a similar move by its main rival."

"The customization feature, called "Raptor," is intended to save customers time, said Gareth de Bruyn, Penguin Computing's director of information technology. "They don't have to take it home, delete it all and reinstall" what they want, he said."

"Last week, VA Linux Systems, one of Penguin Computing's biggest competitors, unveiled its own system to let Linux customers choose which of more than 700 Linux software packages they want installed at the factory."

"Theirs offers a degree of complexity (where customers) can turn on certain portions of systems. Ours can do that, but we haven't turned that on specifically," de Bruyn said. That feature will be enabled next week, he said."

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