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Ubuntu Install cd Customization

Postby theo » Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:20 am

Guys I have an idea for a project and I would like your suggestions. I want to create a customized Ubuntu Install DVD for OEMs that will have all the necessary packages for a home user and get installed automatically. I found this guide which is very useful:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Insta ... tomization

I want to create a script, based on the above guide, that will take all the necessary packages from a text file, download them and build the DVD. The DVD itself can not be distributable as it will include non free packages like flash and java (No budget for lawyers :) ). One could recreate it by himself though using the script and selecting the packages he likes. What do you think?
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Re: Ubuntu Install cd Customization

Postby edhunter » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:10 pm

sounds like a very good idea :) i was actually thinking of making something simillar but without the non-free packages and not for ubuntu (dont want to steal ur idea :P )

if u make it into a live cd maybe u can upload it someplace and we can test it for u :)
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Re: Ubuntu Install cd Customization

Postby theo » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:18 pm

The idea is to be able to easily create a custom installer yourself with packages of your choice. So you can create DVD isos for different target groups: Home Users, students, school kids, housewives, programmers, gamers etc. All you need to do should be to select a text file with package names and point it to the script. No need to upload the image as it is not going to be suitable for everyone.
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Re: Ubuntu Install cd Customization

Postby medigeek » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:28 pm

You mean something like.. an ubuntu package post-installer? :D
Put in the CD/DVD and have an autorun GUI application do the legwork?
If that is the idea, I love it!
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Re: Ubuntu Install cd Customization

Postby edhunter » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:36 pm

theo wrote:The idea is to be able to easily create a custom installer yourself with packages of your choice. So you can create DVD isos for different target groups: Home Users, students, school kids, housewives, programmers, gamers etc. All you need to do should be to select a text file with package names and point it to the script. No need to upload the image as it is not going to be suitable for everyone.


well i had something a bit different in my mind. i thought u wanted to create a customized live cd for ur needs that u could give to friends and by distribute i thought u ment not to have it on a site for all to dl but just for friends etc.

Still a good idea but not something i would do cs the distro i use updates the packages too often and only a couple of days after the cd i created would be considered old..

It would be great if u could prepare a guide in greek like the one in the wiki page with some package suggestions :)
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Re: Ubuntu Install cd Customization

Postby theo » Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:47 pm

medigeek wrote:You mean something like.. an ubuntu package post-installer? :D
Put in the CD/DVD and have an autorun GUI application do the legwork?
If that is the idea, I love it!


Well I thought more of like a script that can built an Installer DVD with customized packages and it can be installed using the standard procedure of the Ubuntu Installer. Using a customized package list one could create a DVD that suits his/her needs and can use repeatedly.
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Re: Ubuntu Install cd Customization

Postby theo » Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:53 pm

edhunter wrote:
theo wrote:The idea is to be able to easily create a custom installer yourself with packages of your choice. So you can create DVD isos for different target groups: Home Users, students, school kids, housewives, programmers, gamers etc. All you need to do should be to select a text file with package names and point it to the script. No need to upload the image as it is not going to be suitable for everyone.


well i had something a bit different in my mind. i thought u wanted to create a customized live cd for ur needs that u could give to friends and by distribute i thought u ment not to have it on a site for all to dl but just for friends etc.

Still a good idea but not something i would do cs the distro i use updates the packages too often and only a couple of days after the cd i created would be considered old..

It would be great if u could prepare a guide in greek like the one in the wiki page with some package suggestions :)


The point is that anyone can create their own custom CD/DVD with packages ready to install. Uploading a custom DVD, even if the bundled software is 100% free, it wouldn't be useful for everyone as there are different target groups and different individual needs. But in case of an OEM or a computer shop it would make their lives easier as they would not have to manually install and customize every linux system they install.

I think the preseed procedure described in the ubuntu help site would work for most debian based systems with minor modifications.
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Re: Ubuntu Install cd Customization

Postby edhunter » Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:09 pm

the distro im using offers u a way to create a script which would download a bunch of apps and that script would be called from a gui application (apt-get will be used as backend) and once u have the packages there are a couple of ways u can create an installation disc but i dont really know how easy these ways to create the live cd are..

btw the gui application im talking about should work on any debian distro so if u want to have a look at it just let me know and i can get u the deb with some scripts so u can see how it works
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