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Old 05-19-2007, 05:54 AM   #16
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the main reason for using **Open Source** SW is not to avoid spending money!! The "free" in the various licenses refers to freedom of use.
I know Free Software is mainly a reference to the licence but I suspect most people use it because of the cost.
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Nothing is free in life, you would have to pay for the time it takes.
I appreciate people making distros in their own time for free.
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You seem to want everything to bow down before your wishes, it won't happen. I can't see some poor soul taking the time for "some random guy on a forum" to remaster something for your holiness.
I've tried to find out how big a task it is before I asked, but I still don't know. Is it a huge task or is it easy?
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Early on, I asked you some questions which related to why you thought you could not have done this yourself---you never answered.
I've tried instructions for remastering
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I tried the instructions at BabyTux as the ones at the MEPIS Wiki apply to MEPIS versions since 3.3. However this failed at "mount /dev/cloop/0 /mnt/loop".
but been unsuccessful.
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I think you may have a misconception of LQ. This is a volunteer run site. Every member here (and that includes the owner and all the moderators) help here for free and on their own time. Nobody is guaranteed help.
I understand Linux Questions community volunteer their help (which is not guaranteed). If my question breaches the rules then please remove it. If not, then surely those who cannot help could not reply to this topic? I'd be interested to know if there are any companies who business it is to remaster. But transferring money to someone on the internet is an activity most people would advise caution, no offence intended.

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Old 05-19-2007, 06:15 AM   #17
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So what the h*** do you want? Evidently you are too lazy to keep reading and trying, and don't want to pay anyone, and justify all these things horribly. If you can't get it with one tutorial, try another, there are only hundreds of thousands of tutorials on Google.
 
Old 05-19-2007, 07:25 AM   #18
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I understand Linux Questions community volunteer their help (which is not guaranteed). If my question breaches the rules then please remove it. If not, then surely those who cannot help could not reply to this topic?
If you had come here asking for advice on how to remaster (telling us what you had tried, and the exact problems encountered) then you would have received a very different reception)
Your original post ("Somebody please do this for me.")violates no rules--it just irritated some people.
 
Old 05-19-2007, 07:49 AM   #19
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Your thread does not violate any rules. The way in which you are requesting help, however, is getting a lot of peoples' backs up.

Let me rephrase your thread in an acceptable manner:

Hi everyone!
I have used Mepis and like the distro, however, it has a lot of software in there that I don't need and is missing some that I do need. I have realised that if I don't want the pain of manually uninstalling and installing the software, I need to remaster the distro so that it will be what I want from the beginning.
I have read up on some resources that explain how to do it, but it failed at "mount /dev/cloop/0 /mnt/loop".
I am stumped - can anyone give me pointers on how to get around this? Alternatively, if someone in my local area could give me one to one help, I will give them all the caffeine based soft drinks they need (lol)


Now isn't that much better? So, everyone, pretend that the bold and italicised bt was the original post and continue from that point.
 
Old 05-19-2007, 09:19 AM   #20
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Well said,XavierP.

Now, OP, where do you live & what is your spending limit on caffeine?
 
Old 05-19-2007, 10:10 AM   #21
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I'll do it.

I charge $50/hr for such work.
 
Old 05-20-2007, 05:58 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by XavierP
Your thread does not violate any rules. The way in which you are requesting help, however, is getting a lot of peoples' backs up.

Let me rephrase your thread in an acceptable manner:

Hi everyone!
I have used Mepis and like the distro, however, it has a lot of software in there that I don't need and is missing some that I do need. I have realised that if I don't want the pain of manually uninstalling and installing the software, I need to remaster the distro so that it will be what I want from the beginning.
I have read up on some resources that explain how to do it, but it failed at "mount /dev/cloop/0 /mnt/loop".
I am stumped - can anyone give me pointers on how to get around this? Alternatively, if someone in my local area could give me one to one help, I will give them all the caffeine based soft drinks they need (lol)


Now isn't that much better? So, everyone, pretend that the bold and italicised bt was the original post and continue from that point.
Thank for putting my post in a way I struggled to express.
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So what the h*** do you want? Evidently you are too lazy to keep reading and trying, and don't want to pay anyone, and justify all these things horribly. If you can't get it with one tutorial, try another, there are only hundreds of thousands of tutorials on Google.
I've only found two tutorials, the one at BabyTux failed and the one at MEPIS wiki does not apply. Are there any other tutorials?
 
Old 05-20-2007, 03:53 PM   #23
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Lots. Also, you can remaster Ubuntu (given they are based on the same thing). Here is a tutorial on remastering Ubuntu:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Li...ization/6%2e06

I am currently investigating rPath as to what their online 'cooker' actually does, but once I know, I will inform you.
 
Old 05-20-2007, 09:13 PM   #24
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Hey darrelljon i think you need to take about 1-2 hours and read the gpl like 4-5 times and understand the gpl to really understand free software. Free is refering to the code. the Remaster of a distro would fall into the support section of the gpl which states that you can charge for support. You are not paying for the software of the remaster you are paying for the knowledge of the remaster process.
 
Old 05-21-2007, 03:22 AM   #25
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Slimm609 - we are now past that bit. We are now on to the "instructions for remastering" stage.
 
Old 05-21-2007, 03:31 AM   #26
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I realized that after i posted but i cannot find a delete button for my posts. what is mepis based off of? slack? deb? what?
 
Old 05-21-2007, 04:22 AM   #27
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ok here a quick how-to

download the iso from the site.

make sure you do this on a machine with MEPIS already installed to ensure you use the correct versions of files.


cd /whereever you downloaded the iso and have a few gigs to play with.
mkdir mepis
mkdir temp
mount -o loop MEPIS***.iso temp
cp -r temp/* mepis/
umount temp
cd mepis/mepis/
unsquashfs mepis ( it will extract the files to a sqaushfs-root directory)
cd unsqaushfs-root
mkdir downloads ( place sources you want to install into this directory)
cd ..
chroot squashfs-root
cd download
install all sources in the chroot environment ( the mepis install is just copying over everything from the squashfs to the hard drive of the system )

CTRL+D 3 times

mksquashfs squashfs-root/ mepis

cd ../../
mkisofs --not sure of the exact options off the top of my head.

thats about it

i havent tested it to be 100% but i am about 98-99% sure this should work just fine.

Last edited by slimm609; 05-23-2007 at 03:15 AM.
 
Old 06-09-2007, 01:22 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by darrelljon
Could anyone remaster MEPISLite with a few more apps for me? I'm finding it too complicated to do myself.
You may like antiX. Antix is based on MEPIS 6.5. It will run on boxes with as low as 64Mb of ram. It uses fluxbox and not kde although you can run the kde apps that you want with antiX. AntiX is a re-mastered SimplyMEPIS 6.5. You can get antiX rc 5 at distrowatch. It listed as MEPIS.
 
Old 06-09-2007, 01:24 AM   #29
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I realized that after i posted but i cannot find a delete button for my posts. what is mepis based off of? slack? deb? what?
It is based on debian with ubuntu repositories. From what I hear the next new MEPIS may going back to total debian and dropping the ubuntu repos. Not official but something i read at another forum.
 
Old 06-10-2007, 04:01 PM   #30
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I'm confused with the flurry of posts, what's so hard about using apt-get and Synaptic to install software?
 
  


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