Thanks for the input alan,
I have become friends with the creator of Pinguy OS
, so when my project reaches a mature level (hopefully by my next release or two) I am going to brand it as "Pinguy E17" and piggy back on his forums and website. I use the Ubuntu repos, the Mint repos for their updater package, and then a few of the extra ones that Pinguy uses as well.
As far as an E17 repo goes - getting the SVN downloads to compile as debs is still beyond my ability (checkinstall fails to work). I am going to work on making this happen by year's end, but odds are this first disc will be released with the E17 packages installed, not using DPKG.
As for other distros as a base, while I've used a pile of different distros, Ubuntu is the only one I have played with enough to start tweaking it to this extent. If you get a chance to use the DVD please let me know what you think