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Building Customised Linux Distributions

Jan 31, 2009, 11:02 (0 Talkback[s])

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"A Linux distribution can be seen as modular, and most of the parts that comprise a distribution can be separated into high level building blocks that can be arranged to make up the components of a specialised subset. For instance, that can be a dedicated server system, or a desktop arrangement that fulfills a specific set of user requirements for graphical or office work or a developer workstation.

"Embedded Linux is stripped of superfluous components. A node in a supercomputer has added components and applications, and each version - for embedded device, workstation or server - may require a differently modified kernel. Each version of the system is optimised and pre-configured to suit the given application.

"This is the philosophy that informs the business model of many Linux companies who provide and maintain distributions for specialised markets, such as the embedded market, where a slightly different specification may be required for each of any number of different applications and architectures. The specification for one embedded device will be markedly different to that for any other device."

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