HOWTOs

Building your own Scientific Linux LiveCD

"The build scripts provided here should allow you to build your own Scientific Linux Live CD. This scripts (with some modifications) are also used to build the CentOS 4 Live CD. You can either install Scientific Linux on a normal PC and use this system as a build system for your livecd. Or you can build the LiveCD in a chroot environment as described below."

http://linux.web.psi.ch/livecd/build.html

PLoP Linux Remaster Howto

"1.2. Create a new ISO image

mkisofs is the required tool. It's a part of cdrecord.

1.2.1. Download and extract

You have to download the file ploplinux-v3.5.5.tar.gz to your home directory.
Then extract the downloaded file.

tar xfvz ploplinux-v3.5.5.tar.gz

1.2.2. Adding files

The directory ploplinux-v3.5.5/ with the PLoP Linux directories and files is created and you can add your personal files and the Avast files to the pluspacks/ directory. Personal scripts should be placed in ploplinux/myscripts/. [...]"

http://www.plop.at/en/ploplinux.html#licreatenewiso

KIWI Live Howto

"openSUSE KIWI toolkit is fantastic piece of work, congratulations to all the developers involved in creating this software. This is my first encounter with KIWI and I must say it rocks!

With KIWI we can build anything from live CD/DVD, thin client images, xen and other vm images to custom distributions.

Here is a short how to KIWI live, they are the things that I did to create my very first Live distro: XFCE based openSUSE 10.2."

http://dev.beryl-project.org/~cyberorg/suse/25/kiwi-rocks/

KIWI LiveDVD

"During distribution development we would like to offer the possibility to create live systems on DVD. The goal is to have a working live system in place as soon as the distribution is finished. Bugs found and fixed concerning the live system image type are automatically fixed for other image types when build from the same source. In order to create your own live system based on the current openSUSE stable tree the following steps needs to be performed:"

http://en.opensuse.org/LiveDVD

Install NimbleX on USB

NimbleX doesn't have an installer yet but I think it can be quite easily installed on almost everything.

Well, there are several ways to do this but I'm going to explain the one that I like the most.

We will use GRUB as the boot loader. It is basically a howto install and configure GRUB for NimbleX.

Go to the tutorial
Go to NimbleX website

Installing Ubuntu Linux on a USB Pendrive

"This tutorial will show how-to install Ubuntu on a usb stick. Even though this tutorial uses Ubuntu as its base distribution, you could virtually use any type of Linux liveCD distribution.

Being able to run Linux out of a usb bar is a great way to enjoy the live CD experience (being able to use Linux on any computer you might get by) and the big advantage of being easier to carry around than a CD. [...]

In order to reproduce this tutorial, you will need a few items such as:

* a ubuntu liveCD
* a usb bar of at least 1G
* a running Linux operating system

Now that you have all this, it is time to prepare you USB bar do host the Ubuntu liveCD files."

http://www.debuntu.org/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-usb-bar

How to build a live Fedora CD using Kadischi

"Kadischi was created in 2005 by Darko Ilic specifically for creating Fedora based Live CDs. Although it is still in active early development, it is still quite usable. What this means to the average user, is that there currently are not any RPMs for Kadischi; it is only downloadable from CVS. Fear not, this is covered below, and it’s quite easy to build."

http://www.redhatmagazine.com/2007/03/01/how-to-build-a-live...

Linux From Scratch LiveCD Remastering Howto

"This is a guide that will show you how to remaster LFS liveCD-x86-6.2-x"

http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/livecd/browser/tags/6.2-5/d...

Remastering STUX GNU/Linux

"STUX iso file can be created in 2 ways:

1. Remaster STUX iso file in 1 click

This is the easiest way to create a bootable iso file: the iso file will be created using the current running system root directory; every file present when creating iso file, will be copied in iso file: this means that you can totally re-configure your system as you wish (install/remove packages, configurations, files, ...) and then, when tested if everything works well, create the iso file. Warning that if you have configured some hardware before create iso file, the resulting iso file will probably work only on the same hardware: do not configure any hardware if you wish to maintain hardware autodetection."

http://www.gpstudio.com/stux/remastering.html

Creating a Knoppix Bootable USB Key

"Knoppix 5.0.1 boots rather nicely from a USB key. It's getting easier to get it working, as the USB bugs from the previous versions have been fixed.

This is a "recipe" for creating a Knoppix bootable USB key."

http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Bootable_USB_Key

DebianLive Howto Network Image Server

"This and its linked pages are here to guide you in to creating your own Debian-Live based thin client server. The benefit of such an approach is that the clients run the software directly on their hardware which means direct access to sound, video and other local I/O devices like USB."

http://wiki.debian.org/DebianLive/Howto/Network_Image_Server

How to Remaster Linux into Your Own Distrbution

A complete howto guide to remastering a linux distro. I had remasted and was using my own distro within hours. This is the guide hope it helps.

"How to remaster Linux into your own distribution just like all those other people repackaging linux and calling it their own.

Wha wha wha? yeah. Everyone claims to be a elite. They can do this and that. They also wont explain how to do things, they tell you to read the 'man' pages or try this and that before asking for help. Frustrating. Forget that. Here you go, its yours. complete.

A lot of people make linux sound like a wild beast that you have to be an expert to tame. Well this guide will show anyone what it takes to make there own distro from someone elses. Like ubuntu is made from debian, Slax is made from slackware, and so on. This guide will show you the ease of customization. And what needs to be looked into."

http://www.cyberpunkcafe.com/news.php?extend.83

Debian Live HOWTO

"Debian Live HOWTO

In order to make a Debian Live image these are the steps you have to make (as root):

* aptitude install live-package
* make-live -d ${DIST} -p ${PACKLIST} -m ${MIRROR}
* Enjoy!

Really, no lies! just make sure you replace ${DIST}, ${PACKLIST} and ${MIRROR}.

DIST can be etch or sid. I didn't try sarge.
PACKLIST is one of the ones in /usr/share/make-live/lists/ or you can make your own and place it there.

By default, these are available:

ls /usr/share/make-live/lists/
gnome kde kde-extra-i18n minimal x11
gnome-core kde-core kde-full minimal-net x11-core
gnome-full kde-core-i18n kde-full-i18n standard xfce
gnustep kde-extra kde-i18n standard-i18n

MIRROR is easy and it can be a local mirror"

http://ramblingfoo.blogspot.com/2007/02/debian-live-howto.html

Creating a Custom Ubuntu LiveCD

"I have been struggling the last few days to make a custom LiveCD with emc2 on it. It has been a daunting & frustrating process, but eventually (with lots of googling & especially help from very skilled people (Colin Watson & Ben Collins, to name but a few) I made it happen...

To keep others from trying this hard, I documented the process here (note: most this steps usually need a bit of tinkering till they work right, but if you are up for the whole process, then I bet you'll get them right on your machine):

A slightly easier approach (I found this out recently):"

http://dsplabs.utt.ro/~juve/blog/index.cgi/01147559232

Gumstick Gentoo

http://hcob3.blogspot.com/2007/01/part-1-gumstick-gentoo.html

This tutorial walks you through setting up a Stage 3 Gentoo install on a USB thumb drive that will, at the end, be approximately 750MB in size.

How to Create a Fedora Live CD Using the Live CD Tools

"This project concerns tools to generate live CDs on Fedora-based systems including derived distributions such as RHEL, CentOS and others."

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraLiveCD/LiveCDHowTo

Kanotix Remastering From CD

"This tutorial is translated from the German wiki. I have added a couple of things for also remastering with Kanotix 2005-04 which has X.org instead of XFree86."

http://kanotix.com/index.php?module=pnWikka&tag=RemasteringF...

PUD Build from Scratch (Using Casper)

"PUD GNU/Linux project provides a set of live CD's build tools, including configure files, build script and packages list.

You have exactly the same tools that developers use. Hope this may help you customize and make your own live CD quickly and easily."

http://pud-linux.sourceforge.net/en/bfs.htm

http://download.penkia.org/build-livecd-current.tar.gz

Remastering grml

"You can remaster grml on grml itself!

* Remastering grml
o Copying /
o Remaster while keeping the original squashfs
o Remaster with modified squashfs
+ Making changes
+ Putting the changes back
o Copyright"

http://wiki.grml.org/doku.php?id=remastering

Create a bootable USB disk with Damn Small Linux

"Now you can take Linux and your data with you on a bootable USB disk. The process of creating a bootable Linux USB disk can be complex and overwhelming for most users. The team at Damn Small Linux has made it easy. The basic steps include download the DSL image, create the Live CD, provide the USB disk, and run the application. With success, you will have a bootable Linux distribution to take with you."

http://netliving.com/blog/2006/12/01/create-a-bootable-usb-d...

SystemRescueCd Howto Advanced Customization

"This document describes how to customise and create a rescue CD. The rescue CD is based on http://www.sysresccd.org/ with a modified kernel to allow serial output to /dev/ttyS*. If you do not require a custom kernel, then the customization procedure as described in the System Rescue CDRom Manual will more than likely be adequate for your needs.

I have also implemented the grsecurity patches to give our setup a bit more robustness against buffer overflow attacks in the case that we want to enable a network connection while working on the remote machine. [...]

SystemRescueCd is a linux system on a bootable cdrom for repairing your system and your data after a crash. It also aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the partitions of the hard disk. It contains a lot of system utilities (parted, partimage, fstools, ...) and basic ones (editors, midnight commander, network tools). It aims to be very easy to use: just boot from the cdrom, and you can do everything. The kernel of the system supports most important file systems (ext2/ext3, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, vfat, ntfs, iso9660), and network ones (samba and nfs)."

http://www.sysresccd.org/Howto-advanced-customization

http://www.sysresccd.org/

TinyGentoo LiveUSB with uClibc and Busybox

"I've got a 64mb usb flash disk, and I wanted Gentoo on it, but to still have plenty of room for other files. Because there wasn't anything already out there, I figured it out for myself, and this is pretty much a HOWTO make a Tiny Gentoo (under 5mb) using uClibc and busybox (what the embedded guys use). Links to other (larger) projects and pages that were very helpful for me are at the See Also section.

What you need

* USB flash disk or flash card (min. 8mb)
* About 500MB free on your hdd (depends on how you decide to go on about things)
* A motherboard/laptop that supports booting from a USB flash disk
* Some free time"

http://gentoo-wiki.com/TinyGentoo

Ubuntu Install CD Customization

"The process of customizing or "remastering" Ubuntu install CDs is not especially complex, but it is a little tedious and finicky. This page documents all the problems you might find; if it doesn't, please edit it!

The Ubuntu install CD (since Ubuntu 6.06, the 'alternative install' or 'server' CD) has three main parts: a bootloader (ISOLINUX on amd64/i386 systems, yaboot on powerpc) and its configuration, which start everything up; debian-installer (also known as d-i), which in this case is really a specialised miniature Ubuntu system; and a Debian-style repository structure, which is what takes up all that space on the disk in the directories "pool" and "dists". Building a new CD may involve modifications to all three parts."

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallCDCustomization

Kubuntu Dapper Live CD Optimization

"Tools

* Bootchart
* Squashfs module instrumented by me to dump information about page reads
* Script to remaster live CD in various ways (version 1.0.1 - contains cutomization directory for optimizing plain CD, use directory ./customize-dir-examples/sort-by-first-access/)
* Script to cut file names from squashfs trace
* Script to sort files by first access"

http://lichota.net/~krzysiek/projects/kubuntu/dapper-livecd-...

http://lichota.net/~krzysiek...live-cd-remaster-1.0.1.tgz

Debian Live ISO Howto

"Generating a Debian Live CD is very simple. You need to have live-package (package available in Debian unstable or testing), and cdebootstrap from testing or newer (for stable, look at the bottom for more information about the cdebootstrap backport)."

http://wiki.debian.org/DebianLive/Howto/ISO

Debian Live ISO for Multimedia Howto

"Here is a complete session of Debian Live for creating a "multimedia" debian live custom cd with a single command and a very very very simple configuration file. [...]

One single command, one live cd!"

http://live.debian.net/wiki/ISO_for_Multimedia_Howto

How To Create Your Own GNU Linux Distribution

"As part of creating gNewSense, we created our Builder which allows for the creation of a new GNU/Linux distribution based on Ubuntu Dapper. From a simple config file you can choose the name of your distribution, release, tagline and what packages you'd like to be installed/removed by default. Graphics will be automatically generated. These scripts are obviously biased towards producing gNewSense, but should provide a good base to work off."

http://www.gnewsense.org/Builder/HowToCreateYourOwnGNULinuxD...

Remastering Knoppix 5.0.1 with SURFnet IDS Sensor

"SURFnet IDS, a Distributed Intrusion Detection System (D-IDS). The goal is to provide an early warning system which lets system administrators correlate known and unknown exploits to attacks directed towards their networks. [...]

The only purpose of the sensor is to be a transparant bridge between the client network and the tunnel/honeypot server. The sensor manages the creation and destruction of the tunnel that is used to connect the tunnel/honeypot server to the client network. The functions of the sensor can be summarized in 4 items:

* Creation and destruction of the tunnel between the client network and the tunnel/honeypot server.
* Certificate management for the sensor certificates used by OpenVPN.
* Handling remote updates.
* Updating status information to the server.

This is how we created the remastered knoppix 5.0.1 iso image for booting on our USB stick. [...]

Easy remastering

If you don't want to do all the steps described below you can download our remastered package here. All you need to do are the preperations and download the remasterscripts. Extract our package on the ext3 10Gb data partition, start remaster_script and select the directory where you extracted our package. Change the passwords of root and sensor and finalize the image."

http://ids.surfnet.nl/documentation/sensor_remaster.php

http://ids.surfnet.nl/downloads/surfnetids_sensor_remaster_s...

https://sourceforge.net/projects/surfnetids/

Remastering Knoppix 3.9 with SURFnet IDS Sensor

"SURFnet IDS, a Distributed Intrusion Detection System (D-IDS). The goal is to provide an early warning system which lets system administrators correlate known and unknown exploits to attacks directed towards their networks. [...]

The only purpose of the sensor is to be a transparant bridge between the client network and the tunnel/honeypot server. The sensor manages the creation and destruction of the tunnel that is used to connect the tunnel/honeypot server to the client network. The functions of the sensor can be summarized in 4 items:

* Creation and destruction of the tunnel between the client network and the tunnel/honeypot server.
* Certificate management for the sensor certificates used by OpenVPN.
* Handling remote updates.
* Updating status information to the server. [...]

We want our remastered Knoppix to be booted on a USB Stick. Our image is 140 Mb so you need a USB stick with minimal 2x140=280Mb of space (because of upgrading issues) so that means that an USB stick of 500 Mb will be the right choice."

http://ids.surfnet.nl/documentation/sensor_remasterold.php

https://sourceforge.net/projects/surfnetids/

Remaster Knoppix From Hd Install HowTo

"How to remaster Knoppix directly from an operating 'Knoppix type" HD install instead of from a special system accessed by chrooting into it. This allows a much easier setup and you can boot directly into the remaster and operate from it, checking and improving the system as the customization progresses. It is also less confusing, you don't have to keep track of whether or not you are in the chrooted environment.

This method also includes a second installation of a 'toHD' or 'poor mans install' as there are some operations which must be done from outside the system being remastered. This second installation provides this capability, serves as a backup system and also serves as a test bed for the final remastered compressed file system.

The toHD installation is not absolutely necessary as the Knoppix CD could be used instead but operating from the HD is faster and much more convenient. When combined with a 'persistent home' and configuration setup saved to HD, the toHD install makes a very efficient & compact operating system."

http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Remaster_From_Hd_Install_HowTo

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