I am learning lots of new things in my job here at SUSE, skills I have never really had to master in my long tenure as gadfly journalist.
There’s the usual stuff, like re-learning the whole corporate team-player thing (Brian, you know it’s not cool to take all of the donuts in the break room back to your desk, right?); and then there’s the nuances of marketing, which is tricky stuff (No, Brian, we can’t say that about them, no matter how you feel about eggplant as a color).
You know, that sort of thing.
But one thing that I do know, even as I learn the ropes in my new gig: it’s probably not a good idea to connect one of your best products to letting you be lazy.
Landuke, a developer in his own right, makes the case for SUSE Studio by highlighting his own laziness as a coder, which does not mesh well with his need to continually set up new system installs for build/test environments and demos. Landuke writes:
“What would be ideal is to have some sort of webpage where I could check boxes next to what sort of OS and applications I want, add in any settings I like (wallpaper, software repositories, accounts, etc.), and then click to download a ready-to-use CD or VirtualBox image.
“Oh! What would be even cooler than that is if it could remember what I had set up previously… then, whenever I go back to that page, I can grab a new CD image (aka ‘an appliance’), custom built with the latest and greatest versions of everything I had selected. That way, I would never have to update the images I use to restore my systems manually.
“That would be taking laziness to 11.
“Wham-o! SUSE Studio.”
Landuke has discovered that SUSE Studio offers developers a great amount of convenience, enabling them to set up images for coding, testing and production deployment without a lot of time and effort. You can make CDs and virtual images, hard disk images, and even Amazon EC2- and Azure-ready cloud instances.
Browse through the SUSE Gallery, and you can find a whole range of pre-made images from community members that could meet you needs of souped-up desktop or a full featured stack. (I’m eyeing this ownCloud image for a weekend install soon.)
Even in his unorthodox way, Landuke has focused in on everything I personally like about SUSE Studio. As much as I like SUSE Linux and openSUSE, I have to say that SUSE Studio is my favorite offering from SUSE.
Even more than those donuts.