Suse Studio review

Need a custom made Linux distro but don't have time to spend hours in the console? Suse Studio produces powerful results in a matter of minutes.

Suse Studio

One of the biggest benefits of GNU/Linux is that you can change absolutely anything to suit your needs - right down to the source code itself. In fact, many distributions are exactly this specific packages bundled together for a particular use with no other changes made.

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Ubuntu Studio for instance is merely Ubuntu with all the software installed as standard for video editing.Suse Studio on the other hand, is not a video editing distribution, but instead a powerful web-based platform that designed to enable you to create custom Suse based distributions in a matter of minutes.

Base Operating System

Each custom distribution is called an "appliance" and is created, at least initially, through a wizard like tabbed interface. Every appliance starts with a base template a number of pre-configured systems based on openSUSE 11.1 and SUSE Enterprise 10 or 11.

As well as full blown Gnome/KDE installs, you have minimal graphical installs or stripped down JeOS installs (Just Enough OS) giving you nothing but a terminal. Naturally, there is the choice of a 32-bit or 64-bit installs.

Aesthetics

From this point, you can start configuring things in more detail. With a few clicks you can completely brand your appliance with a logo and background that affects everything from booting up to logging on. You can pre-configure your network settings, firewall even the users available on the system. For those who are intending on distributing the appliance, you can have a custom EULA that must be agreed prior to boot.

Of course, the most important aspect of your custom appliance is in the packages installed. Suse Studio gives you an interface very similar to that built into the Suse operating system itself, enabling you to find and install what you need. Naturally, not everything will be there but you can either upload packages, or specify external repositories with the software you require.

Should you need to, you can include custom scripts to be run post-build, on boot, and also specify which programs should be run on startup.

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