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The Joy of Remastering your Own Linux Distro

Feb 14, 2011, 17:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Like most of you, I'm tired of hearing about the latest Ubuntu Linux distribution spin-off. Doesn't it feel like everybody has released their very own variant of Ubuntu?

"This does nothing for those working in the enterprise space, who need deep support, not one-offs. And this approach to customizing a Linux distribution isn't all that reliable. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with Ubuntu per se, rather that the customization tools are a bit flaky to use.

"Ignoring my own cynicism about customized distributions, there are circumstances where remastering Linux makes a lot of sense. The fact is, there are situations where the existing Linux solutions might not be an ideal fit. Sometimes individuals and companies are inclined to customize a Linux distribution to meet their highly specialized needs.

"The reasons may vary, but generally the idea is to minimize wasted resources while maintaining complete platform control. Why install the extra software packages and code if it's not needed?"

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