A Way to Achieve Mass Customization: Linux
A way to achieve mass customization: Linux Linux is ideal for creating JeOS because it can be easily modified. It was originally created to be modular. Thus, businesses can mix and match existing building blocks within Linux to meet individual needs-just as one might mix and match features on a newly-built car or computer. By combining pre-existing Linux modules, organizations benefit from a fully-supported, tailored operating system.As the frenetic pace and competitive pressures grow, businesses must seek new ways to become more nimble and, ultimately, more profitable. To that end, the appeal of mass customization will drive the creation of new operating system tools. Just as the assembly line transformed the creation of cars, these tools will transform how we perceive operating systems. No longer will operating systems be a colossal drain on IT. They'll provide a means to bring unforeseen agility, efficiency and security across the enterprise. Matthew Richards is the Senior Program Manager for Novell's SUSE Appliance Program. A former software developer and systems architect, Matthew spent many years working for IBM Global Services and other consulting organizations as a Technology Strategy consultant. Matthew holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To date, customization has rarely been applied in the Linux environment due to the lack of vendor support. Yet, there are ways to create a Linux operating system to suit individual requirements in a fully-supported environment.