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Build A Linux Distro Online

Feb 03, 2010, 01:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"SUSE Studio is clever. Very clever. It’s the result of two years’ work by a team at Novell to provide its enterprise customers with a convenient launch pad for building virtual appliances and customised distributions. It’s also been a massive success, boasting over half a million downloads and over 40,000 users. But don’t let the word ‘enterprise’ put you off: customised distributions like these are incredibly useful, whether you use them yourself, make them for someone else, or deploy them across your IT infrastructure. They represent what’s great about Linux: its ability to be repackaged, copied and redistributed with complete freedom. Building your own distribution is also rather cool.

"In serving its high-end customers, Novell has created the most powerful and most intuitive distribution design tool the low-end Linux community has ever seen. And it manages to do all this through a web browser. It makes hunting for the perfect distribution a little like online shopping. Point your cursor at a feature and it’s added to your distribution. You can add as many or as few items as you wish, and when your virtual basket is full, the checkout process will let you preview your order before presenting you with a variety of delivery options."

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