A couple of advancements have been made available in the SUSE distribution images world, which are worth a mention.

KDE 4 Reloaded Live CDs / USBs

Firstly, the Build Service recently acquired a functionality to generate your own system images from the build service, and the KDE guys quickly generated openSUSE 11.1 KDE4 “Reloaded” CDs and USB images containing KDE 4.3.1. That means they include all security etc. updates (from the openSUSE update repository) as well as the latest KDE 4 packages, and Firefox 3.5.

SUSE Studio

SUSE Studio was fully launched, with quite literally the most usable interface you can imagine for generating any kind of appliance that you want. Great to play around with, but also very useful to have your fully customised USB image, filled with built-in pictures of yourself to flatter your ego. One of the things that impressed me the most was the test drive service, which lets you try out the appliance in a web browser before downloading it.

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