View Full Version : Tool to build a custom distribution?

January 27th, 2009, 09:03 PM
Hey Ubuntu community,

I'm wondering if anyone 'round these very learned parts knows of a tool that can auto-customize a standard Ubuntu ISO with packages, settings, and other such tweaks.

What do I mean, exactly? A tool that would let someone create a kind of "theme" for an Ubuntu distribution. A user who's interested in Mr. Awesome's AwesomeBuntu distribution grabs a standard Ubuntu ISO image, runs X program or script, and Mr. Awesome's configuration -- installing conky and a pre-formatted .conkyrc, a custom hosts file with nifty third-party repositories, and other tweaks that can be done in text files or file swaps -- builds itself out of there.

I know that the true DIY answer is to build one's own script that manually/forcibly makes all the changes, but I'm wondering if another tool out there exists, graphical or command line.

Why do I want to know? I'm the Senior Editor at Lifehacker.com, and I'm endlessly intrigued at the idea of creating something that lets people try out Ubuntu that's configured the way we like it (with our own, opinionated, productivity-minded ideas).

January 27th, 2009, 09:04 PM
One minute after posting this, I'm wondering if it's in the wrong place entirely. It's not specific to anything already up, just a kind of brainstorming/open question.

So, mods, please move if necessary. Thanks!

January 27th, 2009, 09:16 PM
I don't know if it's updated, but check out remastersys (http://www.remastersys.klikit-linux.com/).

It used to do exactly what you want, but I'm not sure if it works with the current version of Ubuntu or not.

January 27th, 2009, 09:31 PM
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January 27th, 2009, 10:17 PM
Here is a topic for just this.