At my current position, we use some outdated proprietary software in order to benchmark new computers that the company is testing and evaluating for purchase. We would like to move on to something more current. It would seem to me that using a GNU/Linux distro with a completely automated installation process would be ideal for this task.
Basically, what I want to have is a minimalist GNU/Linux distribution that will allow me to simply input a network location to store the benchmarking results, and will install the OS and run a suite of benchmarking software completely automated. This seems like a problem that others have likely come across, but I have been unable to find anything similar that fits my needs.
Any suggestions on where to start with this? Does a distro like this exist out there somewhere? If not, I currently plan on just writing a script that will install a list of benchmarking software onto the machine and run them. Any suggestions on specific software choices for this?