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Hands on with SUSE Studio

Aug 11, 2009, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])

"Given how many distros we already have, you might be forgiven that the last thing we need is to make it easier to make even more. But SUSE Studio targets a new audience: Independent Software Vendors (ISV) who make software for Linux and don't want to force their customers to jump through hoops to get it all working. According to Friedman, this is a key use case for SUSE Studio, because "improper software installation accounts for 50% of their support requests." By combining software with the exact distro configuration required to make it work out of the work, you leave the realm of operating systems and enter that of appliances: things that really do Just Work.

"But this comes with its own community-focused side effect. "We want people in the open source community to create custom distros," he continued. "We don't know really what that means, and that's kind of the beauty of it. We don't know where the community will take it... We don't actually know all of the things people have done with SUSE Studio yet." And people certainly are using it - in the last week alone, almost 6300 new appliances have been produced using SUSE Studio."

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