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Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 10:31:05 -0800
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From: Tom Geller <tom@bandwidthpr.com>
Subject: New CEO at Linux server company Penguin Computing -- full release


Penguin Computing Appoints Martin Seyer as President and CEO

Former VP of NCR's Multi Million Dollar High Availability eCommerce
Business and Driver of Dell's PowerEdge(tm) Server Launch Brings
Valuable Experience to Fast-Growing Internet Server Manufacturer

San Francisco, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2001) - Penguin Computing Inc., a San
Francisco, Calif.-based provider of reliable Linux systems for
Internet serving, announced today that it has appointed Martin D.
(Marty) Seyer as its president and chief executive officer.  Seyer
succeeds Samuel Ockman, founder and former president and chief
executive, who will continue to serve the company as its chairman and
chief technology officer.  Seyer will also join the Penguin Computing
board of directors.

Seyer brings to Penguin Computing over 22 years of broad experience in
sales, marketing, technology and operational excellence at NCR, Dell
Computers, Tandem Computer and AT&T, and a track record of
successfully growing businesses.

While serving as a vice president and a general manager for its High
Availability eCommerce Division for the past three years at NCR, Seyer
led its eBusiness Division where he was responsible for its 800% year
over year revenue growth, moving it into a leadership position in the
CRM and Online Business Analysis market segments.

Previously at NCR, Seyer transformed its Entry Level Computing Division
nwhich included PCs and Intel-based serversn by focusing on specific
market segments and applying operational excellence.

Prior to his six-year tenure at NCR, Seyer held senior product
marketing management positions with Dell Computer, where he is
credited for launching the PowerEdge(tm) server product and brand and
speeding Dell's entry into the server market which resulted in a
growth rate of 400%.

Ockman, the founder of Penguin Computing and former president and CEO,
has been appointed to the role of chairman and chief technology
officer.  As CTO, Ockman brings a deep understanding of the Linux
operating system and other Open Source initiatives to Penguin
Computing's product development efforts.  As chairman of Penguin
Computing's board of directors, Ockman will continue to contribute to
the company's long-term vision and strategy.

"Having established its credentials as a Linux server provider,
Penguin Computing has the opportunity to capture a substantial piece
of the growing Internet infrastructure market," said Seyer. "By
focusing on customer loyalty, investing in product performance and
reliability, and driving operational excellence, we'll continue to
grow the business n one delighted customer at a time."

"Attracting a proven chief executive like Marty Seyer is a strong
indication that Penguin Computing is poised to take on a leadership
role in reliable Internet infrastructure solutions.  Penguin Computing
has recruited a strong CEO capable of driving strategy and vision,"
said Ockman. "He brings the necessary leadership experience to make
Penguin Computing one of the world's great server companies."

Seyer has a BS degree in Administrative Management from Southeast
Missouri State University and has completed graduate-level coursework
at M.I.T. and Dartmouth.  Seyer is a frequent speaker and panelist at
industry events and has previously served on advisory boards for
companies involved with Web audits, analysis and VOIP, and has
authored several technical books on UNIX systems, computer
interfacing, basics and networking.  He holds a patent in marketing
and advertising specialties and has developed several computer
interfacing applications.

About Penguin Computing

Penguin Computing Inc. (http://www.penguincomputing.com) is the
leading provider of reliable Linux systems for the Internet
infrastructure market (includes Internet servers and enterprise-class
servers). Founded in 1998 by Open Source advocate and active Linux
community member Sam Ockman, Penguin Computing is based in San
Francisco, Calif. and is privately held.

IDC predicts that the market for Linux servers will reach $5.7 billion
by 2003, propelled by companies seeking both high reliability and cost
effectiveness. Penguin Computing pursues this emerging market by
providing Linux-powered servers to companies building Internet


Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. PowerEdge is a trademark of
Dell Computer Corp. All other trademarks and trade names are property
of their respective owners.

Editorial Contact:
Kassandra Perry
Penguin Computing Inc.
Tel.  415-358-2634


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