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JeOS (just enough operating system)

What is JeOS?

JeOS (just enough operating system) is a highly customized operating system built for a specific application. The acronym is pronounced "juice."

JeOS builds are popular with software vendors and developers who are creating test systems or virtual appliances.  A virtual appliance is simply a virtual machine (VM) image file that has a preconfigured operating system (OS) and a single application. (The preconfigured OS is the JeOS.) 

A JeOS only includes the bits of a full-blown operating system that are required to support the application and any other third-party components that are packaged in the appliance.  Configuring the JeOS and the application together in a single package helps avoid installation issues and errors.

 

Learn More About IT:

Ubuntu JeOS is a lightweight version of the Ubuntu Server operating system.

Learn how to configure Ubuntu JeOS as a Secure Shell (SSH) server.

Wikipedia has an entry about JeOS.

See also: skinny Linux, lightweight

This was last updated in March 2011

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