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Old 12-19-2012, 08:56 AM   #1
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creating custom distro from my own installation


Over the last 6 months or so I have tweaked & customized my Ubuntu instalation until I have what I feel is a perfect Distro! Now I would like to turn it into a custom Ubuntu spin that can be run either as I live DVD/USB or installed to a users HDD. Is there an "easy" way to do this?
I would want to use the standard Ubuntu installer but the distro would have it's own name, so I may need to customize the installer to reflect this.

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Old 12-19-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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You can use Remastersys for that: http://www.remastersys.com/
 
Old 12-19-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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...and on a more fundamental note:
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I have tweaked & customized my Ubuntu instalation until I have what I feel is a perfect Distro!
IMHO tweaking and customizing does not a Linux distribution make. Maybe this isn't the place to point it out and in no way would I downplay your, I'm sure considerable, efforts but to the best of my knowledge a "proper" Linux distribution is not founded on themes, wallpapers, screensavers or other such "tweaks" but on a deep knowledge of all things Linux, unique USPs, resilient management and infrastructure, proper quality assurance, a commitment to provide bugfixes, ensure longevity, things like that.
 
Old 12-19-2012, 11:28 AM   #4
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Look at the Distrowatch waiting list: hundreds of distros that come out and never had a second release. The difficult bit is the maintenance once you've got it started. Sometimes it just gets too much. Wolvix was a lovely distro, but after a year of trying to get their last version out of beta-test mode, the two developers quit. And it can be a lonely task, if you can't recruit help, as the creator of ZorinOS has recently complained.

Of course, you might just have a hit, like Clem with Mint! One question to ask is "What do I have to offer that no-one else has?" Ubuntu derivatives with Gnome 3 are a glut on the market, but I'm currently testing SalentOS: the only one with a dedicated Razor-qt installation disk.
 
Old 12-19-2012, 03:57 PM   #5
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I have been a linux admin for years,so I totally agree that there is a lot of work planning, testing & more involved with creating a distro. I am not doing this with the intent of creating the "latest great distro". In fact, I am not sure you would consider it a distro in and of itself. More accurately, it is just a remix or even a custom spin of Ubuntu. I give it a new name more for novelty & to differntiate from the default Ubuntu version. You could even simply call it a different edition of Ubuntu, like Ubuntu-LPCPlus edition fo example (though I am not sure I can legally use the Ubuntu name that way).
While I may or may not make it publicly avaialble, I have no plans on spending a huge amount of time & energy on it. Yet, I have had many clients who have gotten a glimpse of my computer while running it & many have felt drawn to it.
My current plan for this remix is to distribute it to clients & friends who want it. My configurations & customizations have made it much more user friendly for new Linux users than the standard Ubuntu release, yet it retains all of the same funcionality, features, and advantages of Ubuntu. In fact, I have left the Unity environment essentially untouched, focusing my work primarily on the KDE desktop.So if a user decides they want a more straight up Ubuntu experience, they can get it simply by logging in to the Ubuntu Unity environment. The only real difference these folks will see is the pre-installed packges.
I have lookedat remastersys & I thinkit is exactly what I need! Thanks all!
 
Old 12-19-2012, 04:42 PM   #6
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"I have lookedat remastersys & I thinkit is exactly what I need! Thanks all!"

Thanks for the update.
 
Old 12-19-2012, 10:33 PM   #7
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You can use Remastersys for that: http://www.remastersys.com/
is there a site/tool like that for the Fedora line, this looks really nice, but I use CentOS and Fedora for my server/workstations here at the house. Id be real interested in doing something very much like the remastersys.com but for the RHE/Fedora line.
 
Old 12-20-2012, 11:03 AM   #8
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is there a site/tool like that for the Fedora line, this looks really nice, but I use CentOS and Fedora for my server/workstations here at the house. Id be real interested in doing something very much like the remastersys.com but for the RHE/Fedora line.
The nearest thing for Fedora is described here
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Spins...reating_a_Spin
 
Old 12-21-2012, 08:44 AM   #9
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is there a site/tool like that for the Fedora line, this looks really nice, but I use CentOS and Fedora for my server/workstations here at the house. Id be real interested in doing something very much like the remastersys.com but for the RHE/Fedora line.
http://revisor.fedoraunity.org/
 
  


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