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CNM
September 14th, 2011, 07:50 PM
Hi ,

I am thinking of creating my own linux distro ...
any tips on where to start ?

thanks :)

ubudog
September 14th, 2011, 07:54 PM
Moved to Community Cafe.

Do you plan on basing it on something? (Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, etc.)

Or are you starting from scratch?

CNM
September 14th, 2011, 08:09 PM
Moved to Community Cafe.

Do you plan on basing it on something? (Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, etc.)

Or are you starting from scratch?

i think it's very hard to start form scratch
i was thinking on basing it on centos ... however i have not made my mind yet on that ...
i can really use some advises :)

Porcini M.
September 14th, 2011, 08:12 PM
Why do you want to make a new distro? What requirements are not being met by the hundreds of existing distros?

CNM
September 14th, 2011, 08:21 PM
Why do you want to make a new distro? What requirements are not being met by the hundreds of existing distros?

1 - its a personal project i want to work on (getting high on information :P lol)
2 - i want it to be basically as secure as possible ... so its basically gonna be a "secure" distro ... as much as i can push it to be ... lol

MonolithImmortal
September 14th, 2011, 08:25 PM
2 - i want it to be basically as secure as possible ... so its basically gonna be a "secure" distro ... as much as i can push it to be ... lol
Ever hear of tinfoil hat linux?
Imho, waste of time.

3Miro
September 14th, 2011, 08:32 PM
If you want to create a very secure distribution, then you should start learning about security first. I would think this is the first logical step.

NightwishFan
September 14th, 2011, 08:37 PM
Install <insert general purpose distribution of choice> and then configure for security. Making a new distro without the intent to actually have anyone use it is pointless. You can just make an image of your install once you get it how you like it.

ubudog
September 14th, 2011, 08:39 PM
i think it's very hard to start form scratch
i was thinking on basing it on centos ... however i have not made my mind yet on that ...
i can really use some advises :)

Personally, I would base it on Debian.

Safe, and very stable.

Porcini M.
September 14th, 2011, 08:39 PM
As an aside, for ultra mega security on the desktop, I'd suggest checking out Qubes OS:

http://qubes-os.org/Home.html

jerrrys
September 14th, 2011, 08:44 PM
I am not out to make my own distro and there are lighter ways to go and I like the footwork done for me.

So I start with a terminal only install; this can be done with either the alt-install cd or the mini.iso.

then sudo apt-get install gdm and gnome-control-center and gnome-terminal.

You end up with a basic GUI this way.

ubudog
September 14th, 2011, 08:47 PM
See:
http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/

Pretty cool stuff, it's what I'm using right now to work on a lightweight Ubuntu based distro.

Linux_junkie
September 14th, 2011, 09:00 PM
Take a look at linux from scratch (http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/index.html).

Off Shore
September 14th, 2011, 09:34 PM
This looks to be a very positive project to undertake and you have done very well to come up with such a good constructive idea.
I would suggest that, depending on your personal level of skill and facility with Linux, you may like to begin with a project based on Ubuntu.
I'm sure that a tool named UCK (Ubuntu Customisation Kit) is available in the Ubuntu Repositories and it should provide a soft landing for your first project.
Here is a little information about the tool http://www.webupd8.org/2010/01/easily-create-custom-ubuntu-live-cd.html and Im sure you wont have any difficulty at all in mastering it.
The very best of luck with your endeavours and do let us all know how you get on.

CNM
September 15th, 2011, 06:38 AM
Actually i have notions in security
however i have never built my own distro so i would be needing tips on that ...