Roll Your Own LinuxBy Steven Vaughan-Nichols | Posted 2006-08-29 Email Print
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eWEEK Labs has found two ways for both individuals and enterprises to easily create their own customized Linux distribution.So you want a Linux that's set up with just the applications you wantno more, no less. What do you do? Well, an expert Linux user does it himself. But not everyone's a Linux legend. For the rest of us, there are two good choices.
There's a low-end personal option: Instalinux.com's free service, SystemDesigner. There's also a high-end corporate choice: rPath's rBuilder.
When you boot a system with the CD, the image automatically starts downloading the required files from the Net. And, depending on what options you choose and your Net connection speed, you should have a customized Linux up and running within an hour or two.
As eWEEK Labs found out in its tests, Instalinux can be darn useful.
On the other hand, it only gives you limited control over your build. If you want to get down and dirty with your build. If you want the right mix of virtualization tools, the right libraries for your development team, and your own customized programs all in one perfect fit of a distribution, you want to talk with rPath.
Read the full story on Linux-Watch.com: DIY Linux, the Easy Way