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Re: Creating alternate ISOs, 64bit ISOs, etc. (status update)


On 02/22/2011 09:47 PM, PYROcomp wrote:

> We are interested in giving a hand with building install ISOs.
> Is there a source for information on this process?
> Could you help us out in getting started?

> You do an EXCELLENT job and we know that opensource can be a very
> time demanding hobby thus we wanna help out!

I have a HOWTO from Julien (gilir) that he uses to create the official
Lubuntu ISOs.

I am in the process of (slowly and carefully) converting it into a
script (actually a couple of scripts, at the moment; I might merge them
back into one later) that can run automatically with no human input...
if that works 100%, then using it would be one way to get others involved.

However, so far I've been asked not to redistribute the HOWTO (which is
sort of almost a script) -- that's Julien's choice.

If I get ISOs created that really work correctly, and especially if I
get automated daily or weekly builds going here, does your group have
somewhere I can upload them to, that has appropriate server bandwidth to
host them for others (worldwide) to download?  That would be a really
useful thing to have; not needed right now today, but hopefully needed
in a few days time :)

Incidentally, I hope to build my first "more or less Lubuntu" ISO from
these two scripts, "hands off" except for entering a sudo password,
before I go to bed tonight (it is 23:40 here... so that's not very far
away at all!).  No promises, just a statement about where I am in this
process :)

I also have info on the general idea of creating Ubuntu ISOs using the
official Ubuntu tools and approaches, and once I have the "Julien way"
working, I want to start moving towards the "Ubuntu official" way... but
how long that will take, I don't yet know.

Some related resources you might want to read and play with that relate
to LiveCD creation are:

 * https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDCustomizationFromScratch
 * https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BasicChroot
 * https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DebootstrapChroot

Get a few ideas, but do not use indiscriminately, stuff from:

 * http://www.fredshack.com/docs/ubuntu-livecd.html

And if you get serious, Ubuntu software to try out and get familiar with
(as well as debootstrap and squashfs-tools and similar obvious apps)

 * germinate
 * livecd-rootfs
 * ubuntu-cdimage (from lp:~cjwatson/ubuntu-cdimage/mainline )


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