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A Closer Look at the KIWI Imaging System

Aug 03, 2009, 18:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"What is KIWI?

"KIWI is an open source project licensed under GPL v2. The project has its roots in the openSUSE Build Service. If you have used an openSUSE LiveCD then you have used an image created by KIWI. However, KIWI does more than just create LiveCD images. KIWI supports the creation of VMware virtual machine images, Xen virtual machine images, LiveCD images, PXE (Preboot Execution Environment) images for thin clients, EC2 images (EC2 tools are a separate download and install step), as well as OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) images.

"An OEM image is a raw image of the OS one can dump onto a harddrive or USB stick using "dd". One of the killer features of KIWI is that it is possible to create all these different image types from one description. In short, KIWI is an imaging system that allows you to create demos, appliances, and other gadgets with your own customized OS."

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