What is a software appliance?

A software appliance is a pre-configured combination of:

  • an operating system (e.g. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server),
  • applications (e.g. a database, web browser),
  • and their configuration.

The parts are integrated into a single image and deployable on industry standard hardware.

If intended for deployment on a server, it is a software appliance. If intended for deployment on a hypervisor or in a cloud computing environment, it is a special type of software appliance called a virtual appliance.

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Who should use SUSE Studio?

Everyone interested in creating a well tailored openSUSE or SUSE Linux Enterprise appliance. You will need basic knowledge in the use of repositories and software packages and some knowledge in Linux configuration.

What are the benefits of appliances?

There are many advantages of using appliances over traditional software deployment methods, such as:

  • ease of use/deploy,
  • smaller size,
  • having a well defined software selection and configuration,
  • customized to fit perfectly within a specific environment,
  • ease of maintenance and updates.

How much does it cost?

SUSE Studio Online is a free service sponsored by SUSE. Of course you must take care of the legal aspects relating to the applications and the Linux system.

SUSE Studio Onsite is available in two different flavors based on your needs. Compare SUSE Studio versions to see which version is right for you, or contact a sales representative at 800-796-3700 for more information.

SLES is distributed under a proprietary EULA which permits copying and distribution only within your organization. Should you desire to distribute your SLES-based appliance outside of your organization, you must enter into an agreement with SUSE which permits you to do so.

Which license should I use for my appliance based on openSUSE?

License it as collective work under the GPLv2 licensed. See the openSUSE 13.2 license for more information and as an example:

openSUSE 13.2 license

Make sure to include the GPLv2 text license on your appliance.

If you add other work than the one included in the openSUSE distribution, make sure you have permission for distributing it and that you include its license.

Check also the Trademark guidelines Trademark Guidelines

Where and how can I report bugs?

Please, send us your problem via the feedback link (the speech bubble shown on the top left in the appliance editor or your home page).

Where is the official documentation?

The official documentation can be found on the SUSE Studio help page.

Where can I find maintenance times of SUSE Studio?

Maintenance times are published at This list will be updated continuously. During maintenance time new updates and bugfixes will be deployed to SUSE Studio. Most of the times you will still be able to access our service and edit your appliance, but starting new builds or running Testdrive for your appliance will be disabled.

In rare cases you may not be able to access SUSE Studio during these times.

Where can I see changes of the Studio functionality?

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