Remaster Backtrack Video

"Customizing Backtrack

Now you can customize BackTrack, easy and simple"

Screencast: How to Build a Fedora 10 Remix

"I made a two-part screencast on how to build a Fedora Linux remix. The first video has some slides at the beginning that explains the process and then walks through it with a live demo. The second video boots the LiveDVD that was created, shows an "Install to Hard Drive" and then shows some of the features of the remix."

Build an Ubuntu live CD from scratch with Debian's live-helper

"This page briefly describes how to create an ubuntu live CD from scratch with debian's live helper."

Customize an Ubuntu Live CD / USB

"The default ubuntu live CD is nice: it can boot fast, detect the hardware correctly, etc. But I always dreamed of customizing it (eg. add medibuntu support, etc.). The script offers a simple approach to do just this: we start with a working live CD ISO image, change its contents, and create a new live CD image. [...]

This script allows to customize an Ubuntu live CD in 3 simple steps:

1. extract the contents of an ubuntu CD ISO image to your hard drive
2. chroot to the working area containing the extracted CD contents. This allows to do all the /etc configs, aptitude purge/install, etc. to prepare the future ISO image
3. generate a new ISO image containing the (hopefully modified) working area you just prepared"

Installing Debian on an SD Card

"This is a guide on how to install Debian onto the microSD card, it DOES NOT replace the default Linux operating system.

==Getting Ready==
#You'll need to root your phone, instructions on [[Rooting_Android]] are there.
#There is an automatic installer package available [ here]. Download it and move it to your microSD card.
#Unzip the installer package, move the entire Debian folder to the root of your SD card. If it isn't this location, it won't work. (It should be /debian)
#Go to the Android Market and download the application called "Terminal Emulator" (if you haven't already), open it after it installs.
#Enter the following commands, hitting enter/return after each line. Authorize the program in SuperUserWhitelist if it asks you.
cd /sdcard/debian
chmod 4755 *-->

cd /sdcard/debian
chmod 4755 *
#Then type '''' and the installer should run!

If chmod 4755 * gives you an error stating that you do not have permissions, close Terminal Emulator and run su again, this time when SuperUserWhitelist asks for if you should give Terminal Emulator super user permissions hit yes instead of always.

If running tells you that could not be found, type su, followed by sh"

Linux Internet Kiosk using Debian-Live HOWTO

"This is the revamped version of the Debian Internet Kiosk with Firefox 2 HOWTO. I have adapted it to use Iceweasel, which gives a major improvement for streamlining the process. I have gotten rid of the requirement to install from tarball. The extensions I use have matured a bit so as to give better functionality.

I have chosen to rename and completely overhaul the process. From now on I will be using the Debian-Live system to create Live-USB or Live-CD distributions, leaning towards the USB option. There are many pros and cons between CD and USB solutions, a of few which I will name right now."

Build an Ultralight OS with GUI on Debian-Live

If you are running Debian, install debian-live:

apt-get install debian-live

(you must be root (superuser) to install debian-live)

Then type:

lh_config --packages "xserver-xorg-video-vesa xterm xfonts-base xinit jwm"

(the basics and gives you the jwm window manager)

Then type:


Then wait for the .iso image to be built.

Use qemu to boot it if you have it installed:

qemu -cdrom binary.iso

If you want other programs included in your operating system, put them in the list along with jwm, xterm, ...

So if you wanted iceweasel (firefox), gftp, xpdf, gxine, leafpad on your os, you would type:

lh_config --packages "xserver-xorg-video-vesa xterm xfonts-base xinit jwm iceweasel gftp xpdf gxine leafpad"

If this doesnt work for you, reply with why.

Roll Your Own 100% Silent GNU/Linux Workstation from an USB Pen

"Linux is a very versatile operating system. Many high performance systems are build on a Linux OS. However, Linux can bring life to a low end machine. This way you can build your own silent Linux computer!"

Amazon EC2: Building a Self-bundling Debian AMI

"Given the regular questions appearing on the forum about using Debian/Ubuntu with EC2 I thought it might be a useful exercise to post a complete HOWTO should people wish to roll their own AMI rather than use my public one. I suspect that these instructions will work for Ubuntu as well although I've not actually tested this.

To start with we need to construct a simple Debian installation on a host machine."

how to use live cd

Copy the liveusb image to your usb key

"First of all make sure you have completely downloaded the image and checked the shasum. Once that is done you have to copy the image to your usb device. Note that you have to copy it to the device and not a single partition. NOTE: THESE COMMANDS WILL DESTORY ALL CONTENTS OF YOUR USB KEY, REMEMBER TO BACK IT UP!"

Cross Linux From Scratch

"Cross Linux From Scratch (CLFS) is a project that provides you with step-by-step instructions for building your own customized Linux system entirely from source.

Why would I want a CLFS system? ¶

Many wonder why they should go through the hassle of building a Linux system from scratch when they could just download an existing Linux distribution. However, there are several benefits of building CLFS. Consider the following:

CLFS teaches people how to build a cross compiler

Building CLFS teaches you how to make a cross-compiler and the necessary tools, to build a basic system on a different architecture. For example you would be able to build a Sparc toolchain on an x86 machine, and utilize that toolchain to build a Linux system from source code.

CLFS teaches people how to utilize a multilib system

CLFS takes advantage of the target system's capability, by utilizing a multilib capable build system.

CLFS teaches people how a Linux system works internally

Building CLFS teaches you about all that makes Linux tick, how things work together and depend on each other. And most importantly, how to customize it to your own tastes and needs.

Building CLFS produces a very compact Linux system

When you install a regular distribution, you often end up installing a lot of programs that you would probably never use. They're just sitting there taking up (precious) disk space.

CLFS can be built from most Unix Style Operating Systems

You can build CLFS even if you don't have Linux running. Our build instructions have been tested to build from Solaris and the BSDs.

CLFS is extremely flexible

Building CLFS could be compared to a finished house. CLFS will give you the skeleton of a house, but it's up to you to install plumbing, electrical outlets, kitchen, bath, wallpaper, etc. You have the ability to turn it into whatever type of system you need it to be, customized completely for you.

CLFS offers you added security

You will compile the entire system from source, thus allowing you to audit everything, if you wish to do so, and apply all the security patches you want or need to apply. You don't have to wait for someone else to provide a new binary package that (hopefully) fixes a security hole. Often, you never truly know whether a security hole is fixed or not unless you do it yourself.

What can I do with my CLFS system? ¶

A by-the-book CLFS system is fairly minimal, but is designed to provide a strong base on which you can add any packages you want. See the CBLFS and BLFS projects for a selection of commonly used packages."

Install Ubuntu from a USB stick

"This pages describes how to install Ubuntu by copying the contents of the installation CD to an USB drive such as a memory stick (or flash drive) and making the USB stick bootable. This is handy for machines like ultra portable notebooks that do not have a CD drive but can boot from USB media.

The main steps are:

* Prepare the USB stick
* Boot the computer from your USB stick.
* Install Ubuntu as you would from a normal boot CD

Note: It is highly recommended to use the latest version of Ubuntu to prepare your USB stick."

HowTo Remaster a LiveCD or LiveDVD using SLAX

"In this HowTo I will show you how to remaster your own LiveCD/DVD image using SLAX and some of the cool things that you can do with SLAX."

Remaster Full DSL to Create Sahana LiveCD

"Why I mentioned it as full remastering is, DSL now offers a convenient way to create your own DSL flavor using DSL extensions. But I prefer full remastering since it gives me more control.

Its mainly through trail and error that I found the steps to significantly change DSL to suit my needs. Of course few links helped me. [...]

Any way here goes the steps , now a mix of my trail & error, from this book and from other links :)"

Multiboot USB Pen

"It’s possible to get multiboot starting with grml 1.1, grml64 0.2 and grml-medium[64]. This might be useful if you need a 32bit together with a 64bit version on just one medium like a USB pen.

First of all take the 32bit version and install it to your USB pen using grml2usb. Then proceed as follows:"

Building a Debian Live USB/HDD image

"The following sequence of commands will create a basic USB/HDD image containing just the Debian standard system without It is suitable for booting from USB sticks, hard drives and various other portable storage devices."

Make your own Puppy-CD

"You can create your own Puppy-Linux with the following program.

Start the program "Menu | Setup | Remaster Puppy live-CD":"

LiveUSB How-To

"The information in this article is specific to Ultima Linux 8.4, and may not be valid for other versions.

Starting with Ultima Linux 8.4, it is possible to create a LiveUSB installation, where the entire Ultima Linux system boots from a USB flash drive (similar to how the LiveCD works). However, LiveUSB creation is still a slightly complex process, hence the need for this page."


plugin in usb stick
check dmesg output about the device name (e.g. sdc)
umount all possibly automounted file systems
bzip2 -cd .raw.bz2 | dd of=/dev/ bs=4096

Customize SUSE Live

"Other than Ubuntu- and Fedora-type systems, the initrd on SUSE-type live CDs is not suitable for booting from USB. This page shows how to change the initrd so that booting the live CD image becomes possible from USB stick."

Live USB stick

"This page explains how to create a bootable openSUSE 11.0 USB stick. Also known as a LiveUSB "

Debian Live CD with a LAMP webserver

"A live CD is a great way to allow people to learn about interactive websites of the sort built using Drupal, Joomla!, etc. This guide explains how to build a Debian Live CD using LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP). The process has been tested for Drupal using Lenny (Testing)."

Building a Custom virt-p2v Live CD

"To build a custom live CD you must download the source for virt-p2v from or from the Mercurial source repository (see website for details).

Please read the README file to find the dependencies which are all in Fedora > 8 or EPEL > 5.

The steps to creating a custom live CD are:"

Creating a Flamerobin/Firebird livecd with Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04.

This is an howto create your own ubuntu live cd with firebird/ubuntu and custom applications ,in guide ubuntu variation used was Xubuntu (is smaller and can be customized easier ) but it works for any hardy release

Creating a root filesystem with rootstrap

"One day, I needed a Debian Sarge root filesystem to be used with User Mode Linux, because the official website of UML only provided Debian Woody images. This short document explains how you can create your own root filesystem and run it through UML.

In the document, host is the computer on which you're working, and the target is the system we're trying to build."

Making an Ubuntu Live USB

"How to make a USB flash drive function as a Ubuntu (or Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu) Live CD. The base file system is ext3, it boots using extlinux and supports the same hardware as the Live CD. Instructions on how to update the Live CD and modify it's contents are also given. For the entire document /dev/sda is the USB device.

Booting from a USB device is ofter faster than from CD and USB drives are easier to carry. You should know why you want and or need this. We used Kubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn as our image for booting and a Gentoo system for building on."

Backtrack Automated Download and Installation on USB stick using Windows


I have coded this over the past few days. A GUI for downloading and installing BT2 to a usb stick, flash card or usb hd in a way that the king of newbeez can do it so if your interested in this freeware, here is the link, feel free to ask questions, feedback welcome.....: Welcome to BackTrack 2 USB 4 WIN

1)What the hell is it ?"

Backtrack Live Install, Dual Boot from Grub

"This is another method to create a live install of BackTrack 3 on your HD. The need for this was that an install of BT was required for a machine with only 4gb of disk space and that it also needed to be dual booted with another linux distro from grub. This is a very simple live install with no persistancy. it has been done on an eeepc." (scroll down)

Backtrack Live Install with Changes, Swap and Data Partition

"This question or a question related to part of this gets asked so many times, but people seem unable to find it where I originally posted it.


Most of this is aimed at a USB HDD but it should be obvious from this how to adapt it for a USB pendrive, stick, flash drive or whatever else you like to call them.

Ok so this is how I do a live install with changes, swap and data partitions."

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