|| ||Daniel James <daniel-AT-64studio.com>|
|| ||"LWN.net" <lwn-AT-lwn.net>|
|| ||Press Release - Have Ubuntu your way: 64 Studio Ltd. announces new
custom distribution services|
|| ||Tue, 22 Apr 2008 12:31:01 +0100|
Have Ubuntu your way: 64 Studio Ltd. announces new custom distribution
Isle of Wight, UK, 22nd April, 2008
Bespoke GNU/Linux distribution specialist 64 Studio Ltd. announces today
that its Debian customisation platform has been extended to support
Ubuntu sources. This means that the company can now produce, maintain
and support one-off distributions which retain package compatibility
with official Ubuntu releases.
Rather than forks, 64 Studio's bespoke distributions can be updated in
parallel with Ubuntu's half yearly release cycle, or against Long Term
Support releases, including the forthcoming Ubuntu Hardy Heron LTS.
The GNU GPL and other free software licences give commercial users the
right to remake GNU/Linux distributions as they choose, and so adoption
in specialised products continues to grow rapidly. However, building and
maintaining these one-off software distributions in-house requires
developer time and resources, which might be better spent improving core
64 Studio offers OEMs and system integrators an automated platform which
takes the labour out of distribution maintenance and back-porting. The
company also offers day to day developer and end user support for the
custom distributions it produces, including documentation services.
Customer applications and branding are integrated into both daily
install image builds and fully managed APT servers, allowing users to
keep their systems up to date easily. Builds can be optimised for 64-bit
x86 CPUs, low energy consumption 32-bit hardware, or legacy systems.
Developed over the last three years, the 64 Studio platform has already
been deployed in commercial products from Lionstracs (Italy), Harrison
Consoles (USA) and Trinity Audio Group (USA). The free download 64
Studio distribution has also been thoroughly road-tested by thousands of
users around the world. All source code is provided, so customers have a
free choice over which parts of the work to do in-house. In the case of
Lionstracs and Trinity Audio Group, distribution development is fully
hosted and managed by 64 Studio, while Harrison Consoles chose to build
its own products using the 64 Studio distribution as a base. Ronald
Stewart of Trinity Audio Group commented: "Contracting 64 Studio's
services and expertise was one of the smartest decisions I have made for
The 64 Studio customisation service is not just for manufacturers; it
can also help a consultancy provide a tailor-made distribution for its
clients. Stripping a distribution down to just the packages that are
required and pre-configuring them, or adding applications to the install
image that the parent distribution does not ship, greatly simplifies
system administration. It also allows the consultant or system
integrator to manage when and how updates are made, rather than being
forced to follow the release schedule of the parent distribution.
Earlier in 2008, 64 Studio began offering consultancy services directly
to customers, and has already deployed a custom GNU/Linux distribution
derived from Ubuntu on workstations and servers at Italian industrial
company Mac Impianti.
More details of 64 Studio's commercial projects are available at
64 Studio Ltd. director Daniel James and lead developer Free Ekanayaka
are available for interview by email or phone. Please contact daniel at
64studio dot com for any enquiries.
Screenshots of the 64 Studio download distribution are available at
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