Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Wed Dec 13 20:32:18 GMT 2006

On Sat, Dec 09, 2006 at 12:48:44PM -0500, Evan Hazlett wrote:
> greetings all...
> i am evan hazlett, and the creator of a project called "Reconstructor".  I
> have had growing concerns with some unintentional effects it has caused.  I
> will briefly describe what it does.  Reconstructor allows the customization
> (usplash, gnome, software, etc.) of the Ubuntu Live CD.  I originally
> created it because I had a standard set of software and settings that I
> didn't like to reconfigure for every machine when I reinstalled Ubuntu.  The
> concerns I have is there are some people that are using it to create their
> own distros (although most are no more than ubuntu with some extra software
> and artwork) and are offering them for download.
> I wanted to get the thoughts from the ubuntu developers on this.  I'm sure
> some of you have heard of Reconstructor and probably even seen some of the
> projects i mentioned.  I do NOT want to take away from the ubuntu community
> in any way, shape, or form, and i feel my project could cause some problems
> if not used as suggested (personal customization).

The creation of derivative distributions based on Ubuntu, where the
trademark is respected according to our policy[1], is not only allowed, it
is encouraged.  If your tool makes this process easier, then everyone is
happy.  Thanks for your concern.


 - mdz

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