Once your special-blend Linux is ready to run, you can then deploy it in a variety of formats including CD, DVD and USB-drive images; virtualization images, or even deploy them directly to Microsoft's Azure cloud, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and the SUSE Cloud.
Setting up was easy, but getting support was another question. SUSE now provides an answer.
Jaeger continued, "For support purposes, additional packages might need to be installed to help with diagnosing and reporting. Also, if you replace software packages that are part of SUSE Linux Enterprise by others, than the replaced software and packages dependent on it cannot be supported."
So, how do you know what's supported and what isn't without needing to be a Linux designer?
Easy. "When you create a SUSE Linux-based distribution or application, SUSE Studio creates a 'Supportability Report' for each SUSE Linux Enterprise appliance. This report executes an automatic analysis of the generated appliance and uses heuristics to determine out what SUSE will support."
Generally speaking, if the packages you choose to use in your home-brew distro are supported in the underlying SUSE Linux Enterprise products, SUSE will support them.
I've long found SUSE Studio to be useful for quickly and easily building customized Linux distributions. Now, with paid technical support available for these operating systems, I can see SUSE Studio distributions gaining far more business customers.