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#1 Dr. Doom

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:00 AM

Hello, first some introduction into what's going on.... The company I'm currently working for wants to migrate to GNU/Linux by the end of the year. I have been assigned to that project. I showed them my custom distro that I made in a virtual machine a few years back, they liked it, but obviously it's outdated and required some polishing.


Now... here is what I did back in 2009... I installed Ubuntu 9.04, replaced about 80% of the software that came with it, got new themes, sounds, boot screen, restricted extras, blablabla. Seems legit, right, some dude f*cking around with an OS. Anyway, at the end of the day, I had converted the virtual HDD into a LiveDVD, and put that one on a USB drive, it did work... most of the time. But at that time it was more trial and error, just to get the hang of it. Today, a few years later, I'm actually getting payed to do it again lol.


Here is what I had in mind:

1. Start with a fresh install of Xubuntu.

2. Remove everything that is useless, or replace it with software that the company uses.

3. Replace all logos, boot screen, login screen, wallpapers, etc. with company logos.

4. Repack it on a DVD so I can install it on other computers.


I got pretty much everything up to task 4... making a custom install from an existing OS is somewhat difficult if not impossible to pull of. So I tried an alternative, clone the entire partition to another computer, it did eventually load the OS, but it performed like Vista. Then I figured out, it has to be possible to make it kinda like a Service Pack that you install on top of Xubuntu, nope. Now I'm considering to modify a default install disc, that way I could get a somewhat good result, but I lose all the tweaks and custom settings I did.


Does anybody has any experience on that subject? The only problem is really how to make an installer for it.

#2 hb860


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Posted 24 June 2013 - 07:08 PM

you may need to ask the "bolgenos" project author.

he is GURU is such subjects.

#3 Dr. Doom

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 07:44 PM

lol BolgenOS hahaha, what a jackass.


no, seriously, they want a customized edition to fit their needs, i'm too lazy to install and modify it one by one. i need to get this thing an installer, self-extract, whatever. I could go with fedora (revisor) or suse (studio), but I would like to use a debian based distro. can you help or not?




never mind, I found something that might get the job done.







if everything fails, I'll give suse studio a chance. thanks anyway.

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