It's situations like this that make creating a remastered distribution look fairly attractive. While you might not have the control that creating Linux from the ground up gives you with the ability to audit the code, remastering an existing Linux distribution is a whole lot easier and less time consuming.
One of the easiest ways of accomplishing a reliable Linux remastering would be with a Web-based tool like SUSE Studio. What makes using this tool so compelling is that it doesn't require a whole lot of Linux expertise to operate. Unlike many of the Ubuntu-based remastering tools, the SUSE Studio utility is very simple, clean and doesn't feel like something from the early days of the Linux platform.
SUSE Studio allows you to create an enterprise ready distribution with all of the customization and tweaks that you could ever want. Choose settings, software, and graphics along with any specific software you might need to include.
You even have the ability to easily update your own RPMs through the SUSE Studio tool. One factor to consider is that you need to know which additional software needs to be included in a base system. Theres nothing worse than forgetting the tools for hard drive mounting or the sound system. A little research on how remastering works goes a long way.
Whether you choose a hard drive disk image or something like a VMWare image is completely up to you. And if testing is needed before deployment, SUSE Studio will provide you with up to an hour of virtual testing just to make sure your created distribution image works as expected.
How's that for providing you with easy quality control?
Linux your way
In this article we have looked at creating a Linux distribution from scratch and also working with an existing distribution that can be remastered to meet your enterprise needs. The take away from this is that you can do something with the Linux platform that no proprietary operating system will ever provide. It offers an ability to have Linux your way. Forget about which distribution of Linux to select out of the existing choices, just make your own and customize it to meet with the needs of your employer.
Customized Linux as a marketing tool
If you're under the impression that no one at work is going to care about the idea of a customized Linux distribution, think again. Why not manage a Linux distribution that is sculpted down to include exactly whats needed for your workplace?
Regardless of the level of customization work being done, it's the end result that is going to really offer rewards for you. Not only will you end up with a custom Linux distribution that represents the branding and mission of your company, but it'll also provide you with a work environment in which extra "fluff" has been removed from the workstations and servers completely.
Why run the extras if they're only running extra CPU cycles? Keep things efficient. Keep your Linux distribution customized for the enterprise setting.