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Old 12-01-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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Debian-based distribution

Hi everyone,

I sent this inquiry to Debian dev support but got no response. Hopefully I'll get some advise here.

I'd like to create my own personal Debian-based distribution. I went over Debian's website but there don't seem any articles on this topic. Is this true that I must have a complete Debian source code that I modify to create my own Debian-based distribution? If so, I also wasn't able to find Debian source. Unlike Gentoo, Debian seems to only offer binary for their distro. Then, how do other Debian-based distributions, like LMDE, are made?

I am not looking for a complete step-by-step tutorial (though it would be nice) on how to make Debian-based distro, just one or two tips on where to start to build my own Debian-based distribution.

Thank you,
Old 12-01-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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The source code for all the non-free Debian software is available in the repositories, for example:
deb-src sid main non-free contrib
You can also try things like this:

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Old 12-01-2013, 06:10 PM   #3
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Awesome! Thank you so very much
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Awesome! Thank you so very much
You can also learn a lot from Linux from scratch:
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Why not use plain Debian itself and add only stuff you need?
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Originally Posted by Arcane View Post
Why not use plain Debian itself and add only stuff you need?
In fact, I am already using Debian-based distro LMDE at home.

I was considering building a distribution specialized for a certain industry with pre-installed 3rd party software for that particular industry


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