Use SUSE Studio to Build a Linux OS From Scratch

Maybe this war that’s being fought between the OS’s, such as Windows, MAC, and Linux is about to take a different turn. What if instead an end user started with a foundation OS and then constructed their own, to suit their own individual wants and needs. I think this could really be something that would take off considering most people do this anyway by adding their own background, then homepage, then they decide between browsers, and then the millions of add-on apps and widgets etc. This would be taking it 1 step further and with it starting out on a free open source frame like Linux, the possibilities are endless, not to mention FREE. Another neat thought is creating your own personal OS and putting it on a USB flash drive, this combined with internet based back-up and storage, you could literally take your own PC anywhere just by carrying your thumb drive around on your key chain!  Taking it out of the hands of developers and putting it smack in the middle of Joe User! Good Show! -Greg

By Kevin Purdy, 9:00 AM on Tue Sep 29 2009, 21,347 views

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Think you can make a better fast-booting, Chrome-focused OS than Google? Want to craft a custom Linux system that boots from a USB stick? SUSE Studio gives you 15 GB to do exactly that, and you do it all online.

SUSE Studio is what powered the fan-made “Chrome OS” we posted yesterday, which, in that case, was a semi-stripped-down system loaded with the developers’ version of Chrome, Google webapp links, and OpenOffice. If speed and cloud computing aren’t your bag, you can create a fully functional system with Firefox, 3D graphics, and whatever apps you can find installed. Want your system to start up with an AWN dock and Launchy keystroke launcher running? Not a problem.

Even if you don’t know all that much about Linux, it’s pretty easy to build a system you can boot from a USB stick or live CD/DVD, run inside a virtual machine program, or actually install it—or, heck, even test it out in your web browser.

Here’s a basic walkthrough of building a system with SUSE Studio. In this case, we’re looking to build a GNOME-based system that would boot fairly quick and use Chrome for most of its functions, and use GNOME-Do as the primary application launcher.

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