Make a BackTrack2 USB Stick

"NOTE: This procedure works on the IRC Addict Pre-Release BT2 and the final release, but it does not work on sidc and earlier versions

1. Open the backtrack.iso file:

Option 1. In Windows, use a program such as isobuster
Option 2. In Backtrack, mount the iso
(mount -o loop -t iso9660 yourcd.iso /mnt/iso)
Option 3. In OSX, mount the iso

2. Extract and copy the /boot and /BT folders from the iso to the USB flash stick

3. Make the USB Stick bootable: "

Puppy From Scratch

"The T2 project is a set of Bash scripts to compile a complete Linux distro from source packages.
Puppy Linux is the tiniest and cutest and easiest and the best little Linux distro there is.
Put the two together, and we have Puppy From Scratch!

If you want to create your own custom version of Puppy, you can do it in three different ways:

1. Puppy Remaster-CD script
2. Puppy Unleashed
3. Puppy-from-scratch"

Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Live USB How-to

"I have been enjoying my Ubuntu 7.10 Live Persistent USB for many months now. I use it to quickly and easily install Ubuntu on desktops, we also sell them at But it seems persistence was broken in 8.04. Turns out to be a simply mistake, but there are many steps to fix it. I have seen many people asking about this so I thought I would write a how to. This post will start from the beginning and explain how to make an Ubuntu 8.04 Bootable Live USB from scratch.

You have at least a 1GB USB thumb drive
You have the ubuntu-8.04-desktop-i386.iso file handy
You are running Ubuntu on your desktop

Reconstructing the Ubuntu Live CD for USB

Step One - Make a directory to store the restructured CD [...]"

Make Your Own Polippix

"Here we describe how you make a Polippix, update it, and change it, so that you can make a new version.

This guide assumes that you are running a Debian-based Linux distribution (e.g. Debian, Ubuntu, Kubuntu). If you are running a non-Debian-based distribution (e.g. Red Hat, Mandriva, Gentoo, Slackware, Novell/Suse), especially the apt-get commands must be replaced by the equivalent commands in that distribution.

Our svn-repository is incremental. We don't have the entire polippix CD. We just have the files that are necessary to change a Kubuntu to a Polippix or update an older Polippix. Please notice, that you must have about 4 GB of free space."

How to make multiboot CD-ROM easily under Unix/Linux

"You'll need mkisofs and cdrecord from cdrtools package, hex editor (I use hexedit from FreeBSD ports collection) and maybe DOS utility makebt. I suggest you'll burn CD-RW disk for first time you make multiboot CD.

I wouldn't describe technical information about bootable ISO structure, I'll just tell you what you should do to make CD multibootable."

Zenwalk 5.0 USB Pendrive Installation

"I am just going to walk you through from a blank usb pendrive installation just to help me keep track on this.

Here is what you need:

1. the ability to boot to a livedistro with grub in it, for example puppylinux, ubuntu, etc.

2. a usb pendrive that you want to make bootable


1. First, after downloading zenwalk iso [...]"

Mutliple Puppy Distros on 1 cdrom?

"The way i would do it is a bit... odd, it's based on what i know." [...]

Several Different Distros in One CD Discussion

"It can be done. I use RIP linux as the host system because that has a grub patch which allows one to have a grub menu on the cdrom. To see how the entries in the grub menu should look for each distro, look in the file called isolinux.cfg .

I also have a bunch of extra tools in the images directory. Instead of putting every one of these in the menu, I can just edit the boot entry. It helps if you know how to edit the grub menu at boot up time."

T2 Project and Puppy from Scratch Howto

"The T2 project is a set of Bash scripts to compile a complete Linux distro from source packages.
Puppy Linux is the tiniest and cutest and easiest and the best little Linux distro there is.
Put the two together, and we have Puppy From Scratch!

If you want to create your own custom version of Puppy, you can do it in three different ways:

1. Puppy Remaster-CD script
2. Puppy Unleashed
3. Puppy-from-scratch"

Creating OpenVZ LiveCD based on Centos 4.4

"This article is a step by step guide explaining how to add OpenVZ functionality to Centos 4.4 LiveCD. As a result, you will have a LiveCD, that can boot in various OpenVZ kernels (rhel4-2.6.9, 2.6.18, rhel5-2.6.18, 2.6.20) and in original CentOS kernel also. After booting from the CD, you will be able to create VEs, start them, enter them - i.e. perform common OpenVZ activity."

Creating OpenVZ LiveCD

"The idea of creating OpenVZ LiveCD for a long time was in the air. Such CD would be useful for various demonstrations, test-drives and some other purposes. Additionally we received reports that some problems persist in creating LiveCD based on OpenVZ kernel. In order to eliminate these problems and give users the ability to use OpenVZ technology in LiveCD manner we decided to create it. This article describes how I was doing about it."

Roll Your Own Absolute Slackware Distro

"So you want your own [Slackware] distro . . .

Not as difficult as you might think. In fact, if what you are after can be based upon Absolute, making an iso of your very own can be easlily done in a matter of minutes.

We'll begin with a little Quick-Start guide, then get into more personalized convolutions later. [Along with details about what you can safely take out, what packages contain what settings, etc.]"

HOWTO boot LiveCDs from the Internet

"With http based filesystem and virtualization, you can boot any livecd image you want strait from the mirror. You don't have to wait for those 700MB (or more in case of a LiveDVD), and you don't have to burn the anything. Simply mount the mirror and launch your favourite vitualization engine!"

Remastering Mepis

"These are basic instructions to remaster a Mepis CD with your preferred packages."

Create a Multiboot CD or USB flash drive

"I want to have a business card size CD with which I could boot multiple floppy images (I don't want to carry floppies with me because of their size, fragility, and lack of reliability). I'm posting this because someone might find it useful. Basically I want a CD that has: [...]

* Ghost boot disks
* Mini (floppy) Linux distribution for recovery and other purposes.
* DSL and Puppy floppy images that load DSL or Puppy from USB flash drive (in case the BIOS of the computer does not support USB booting directly)."

Finnix Overlays

"Finnix includes several options when it comes to customization: remastering, a startup shell script, and overlays. Remastering is described on its own page, and while this page will touch briefly on the startup shell script, overlays are the main focus. [...]

Overlays give you a great deal of flexibility. They allow you to create directory structures or loopback filesystems that are laid on top of the "default" Finnix filesystem. This gives you the most of the benefits of remastering Finnix, but without the complexity."

Freenet Project Debian LiveCd Howto

"A suitable Build Environments is available not already gives it several Möglichkeiten one rapidly to produce. One in front, the image production with Qemu are clear-prove importantly more slowly than more über a Chroot Environment or a normal host system. The Howto is aligned to Debian Etch as host system. Whether there are für other Linux distributions or Windows versions ähnliche methods to some points, is unfortunately not well-known me. Warning: The Ausführung of aufgeführter instructions takes place on own responsibility. Für error in this Howto übernehme I no adhesion."

Freenet Project Debian LiveCd Howto Babelfish English Translation

HOW TO make a USB Disc with Ubuntu LiveCD and Super Grub Disc in it

" * Do you want to try out Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu or any other *buntu and install without using a CD?
* Would you like having something that works like a live CD but runs a lot faster?
* Have you ever experienced a partitioning disaster of or an installation failure that could have been caused by a scratched CD or a dirty optical lens in your CD/DVD drive?
* Does your computer support booting a USB disk? (Either from the BIOS or even from a GRUB menu or command line).
* You can also keep it in the USB disk for any emergency you might have later on someday, the Ubuntu Live CD can be used to rescue and repair your Ubuntu operating system and re-install if that's ever necessary. It makes a great rescue disk because it leaves your CD/DVD drive available in case you want to make a file rescue that way, or you can SSH to a networked computer or copy to another USB disk too, whichever will be the easiest.
* Super Grub Disk is used to boot the Live CD Ubuntu operating system in the USB disk, and it can also be used for emergency booting or fixing the boot of any operating system in your hard drive too if you ever need it."

Creating a CentOS LiveCD Image

"The LiveCD creation process involves the download of several RPM packages from the Internet. [...] Creating a minimalistic LiveCD image [...] Creating a standard LiveCD image"

Customize your Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Live CD

"This tutorial will show the steps to follow in order to customize an Ubuntu Live CD to your need by removing some component and adding some others.

During this tutorial, we are going to remaster our Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 Live CD with the following spec:

* remove non english language pack
* Update the softwares release shiiped in the live CD
* Enable universe and multiverse repository
* Include divx, mp3 support, realplayer ....
* Include ndiswrapper support
* Add Firefox flash-nonfree plugin, add skype.
* Add some network troubleshooting tools: traceroute, wireshark, kismet..."

Creating Your Own Custom Ubuntu 7.10 Or Linux Mint 4.0 Live-CD With Remastersys

"This guide shows how you can create a Live-CD from your Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon or Linux Mint 4.0 system with a tool called remastersys. Remastersys is available in the Linux Mint romeo repository. You can customize your Ubuntu/Linux Mint system and then let remastersys create an iso image of it which you can then burn onto a CD/DVD."

Créer la version Live USB de Ikki Boot

Comment créer la version Live USB de Ikki Boot ?

Install Debian on USB

"* 1 Prepare the USB media
* 2 Build a Debian chroot
o 2.1 From Debian Etch
o 2.2 From Debian Etch AMD64
o 2.3 From Debian Sarge
* 3 Configure Locales
o 3.1 Install kernel & modules
o 3.2 Install essential tools
o 3.3 Install optional tools
o 3.4 Remove unwanted packages
* 4 Edit/Create config files
o 4.1 /etc/network/interfaces
o 4.2 /etc/hostname
o 4.3 /etc/hosts
o 4.4 /etc/fstab
o 4.5 Other
* 5 Create Support Scripts
o 5.1 /etc/initramfs-tools/hooks/casper_custom
o 5.2 /usr/local/bin/moo
* 6 Putting it all together
* 7 Install GRUB
* 8 Making changes
* 9 Cleaning up
* 10 Updating the live system"

Debian on USB Quick Install

"* 1 Prepare the USB media
* 2 Get the files
* 3 Install the files
* 4 Install extlinux
* 5 Try it!"

Remaster Myrinix

"This is a simple remaster instructions, you can adment to suit your needs."

Gentoo Live PXE

"These instructions will help you take Gentoo 2005.1-r1 and make a single initrd file which can be booted with PXE. The basic principle is that the squashfs root is put inside the initrd and mounted from there rather than directly from a CD.

Where possible, this will be done without the need to be root on your linux box."

Creating a Custom Debian LiveCD with Fluxbox using live-package


1. Install live-package
2. configure /etc/make-live.conf
3. first make-live run: create basic chroot
4. install gdm/fluxbox within chroot
5. set defaults for user casper
6. re-create squashfs and iso image
7. test it using qemu

if everything goes well you will end up booting an livecd with fluxbox as window manager and auto-logon. The iso image will be about 126 MB (with /usr/share/doc and other things removed)."

How to make a USB stick bootable

"USB sticks are really useful. Not only for transferring files between computers, but also also rescue media, or more generally, to boot from. However, making a USB stick bootable can turn out to be tricky. This small howto describes the tricks that I discovered over the last years. The following commands assume the necessary package to be installed under Linux. It has been tested with Debian GNU/Linux sid (unstable as of 2006-06-26) with packages mbr (1.1.8-1), syslinux (3.11-3), and grub (0.97-11)."

Tweaking the GoboLinux LiveCD: a tutorial

"This is a quick guide to the internals of how the GoboLinux Live CD is constructed. It will get you up to speed with the tools that build the CD, allowing you to make customizations. With this we hope to lower the entry barrier to potential contributors to the distro's development."

Catalyst 2.0 Howto

"I found no howto for Catalyst 2.0 and its documentation is not really good I decided to write my own howto.
Comments are welcome.

Here I present how to create a minimal live CD with Catalyst 2.0 with automated hardware detection. I do not guarantee that it is complete and has no failures. If you find a failure or have ideas how to expand this howto send me a personal mail.

As nopaste deletes posts so fast I attached the needed files to this post.
Catalyst currently only works as superuser.

1. Installing and configurating Catalyst 2.0
2. Creating a portage snapshot
3. Creating a live cd stage 1
4. Creating a live cd stage 2

- Troubleshooting
- Needed files"

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