"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
"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."