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SUSE Studio Builds Customized Linux Appliances in a Flash

May 21, 2009, 18:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"Novell's SUSE Studio brings a slick automation process to the world of Linux appliances. All that's needed on your part is a few mouse clicks and fifteen to twenty minutes of your time. Once the process is complete you'll have a fully bootable image to download in one of several formats, including a VMware image.

"The SUSE Studio website uses a very clean wizard and dialog-based approach to lead you through the build process. Options for each step are presented in logical groupings with short descriptions to help you make your selections. The Novell / SUSE team has put a lot of thought and design effort into the SUSE Studio site, resulting in an extremely easy to use Linux-appliance building experience.

"Novell has another tool called the openSUSE Build Service (OBS) that SUSE Studio leverages for a good bit of its functionality. OBS provides a simple web-based and command line interface to a tool for building software packages targeted at specific Linux distributions. With this tool in hand you can easily automate the configuration and building of virtually any open source tool targeted at your distribution. While OBS was originally built with openSUSE as the primary target platform, it does offer support for all the major Linux distributions."

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