[ubuntu-uk] Help with custom live CD please?

Dave Walker DaveWalker at ubuntu.com
Sun Jul 29 10:52:55 BST 2007

On Sat, 2007-07-28 at 15:58 +0100, alan c wrote:
> I have a window of opportunity to attract attention in a large charity 
> I have helped in the past, and I could very much use a custom (Ubuntu) 
> live CD with a only a few differences from the standard:
> The boot splash logo, the in-process (Usplash?) screen, and the 
> default wallpaper (as live CD).
> I have been trying over several long and so far unsuccessful days to 
> follow some guides, and they are excellent, but success is still 
> beyond me, also I tried reconstructor - almost perhaps, but still not 
> working for me.
> I may only be missing a few vital points of understanding or skill. At 
> least now I am able to use qemu (a first for me) I have stopped making 
> coasters.
> Can anyone offer some hand holding about this please? I would like to 
> be able to do it, but If a CD magically appeared by some other means I 
> could change priorities from trying to create the CD to trying to 
> influence the Charity.....
> tia
> -- 
> Kubuntu user#10391

Hi alan,

I see you tried Reconstructor[0], for a custom distribution that only
changes a few aspects I would definitely recommend that you persevere.
I did have some initial problems of it producing a very small
non-booting ISO, but that was a configuration issue.

The official documentation is a good start point, and the Forums do
appear to be helpful.

There is also the "Ubuntu Customization Kit", which i have limited
experience with; but I understand that UbuntuCE at least makes use of
this.  It might be something worth considering.

The Mythbuntu script we use now produces a very custom ISO, so for a
script that is rather similar to a Ubuntu build I could direct you
towards LinuxMint's Remastersys[2] script.  This script will require

On another note, with the custom usplash image - To produce a widescreen
splash you need to make it a 16:9 resolution, then resize the image (not
maintaining aspect ratio) to a 4:3 resolution.  This will squash the
image, but expand when displayed at boot.  To build the deb package is
quite simple, especially if you base the package on an existing uplash

Good Luck, let us know how you get on.

Kind Regards,
Dave Walker

[0] http://reconstructor.aperantis.com/
[1] http://uck.sourceforge.net/
[2] http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php/Remastersys

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