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Old 10. Apr 2012, 02:49 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Dedoimedo Just posted a how-to on making a USB drive in persistence mode. He offers several methods and is quite simple to understand. Its well worth a look.
Nice article; simple and clear.

It would be nice to get something similar on Gizmo's Freeware perhaps expanded to cover a couple of other persistent version creation tools.

I'd also think it useful to show how to create a customized distro based on an existing installation that the user has configured with his own selection of software and other personal customizations.


Maybe Dedoimedo would be interested in doing this in exchange for links back to his site.

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I'd also think it useful to show how to create a customized distro based on an existing installation that the user has configured with his own selection of software and other personal customizations.
As you are already aware of Remastersys which you highlighted in your post Make Your Own Customized Bootable Linux Live CD (or USB Stick) in theory this software is designed to do just that. I have attempted to create a customized live cd this way but the results were not too good. I get by, because I have found that I can install a linux distro and have it configured to my liking in about an hours time. (the true beauty of linux).

I seem to remember Dedoimedo has done some work for this sight in the past and so if we were to ask pretty please we may get him to write a more thorough step-by-step guide for using Remastersys.

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Hi,
I have in my bookmarks Dedoimedo's guide to Remastersys but it seems quite old as the screenshots refer to Ubuntu 8.04. Still useful though: http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/remastersys.html

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I have in my bookmarks Dedoimedo's guide to Remastersys but it seems quite old as the screenshots refer to Ubuntu 8.04. Still useful though: http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/remastersys.html

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It looks like a thorough how-to. I can see I missed a few things when I last tried Remastersys. I'm thinking I might give it another shot. As I said in my above post, I can put together a Linux distro to my liking in about an hours time. One thing I do see how Remastersys could be helpful would be to use it for putting together a linux platform that may be usable for a new Linux user although a distro like Zorin is geared towards that sort of thing.
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I use Remastersys as a back-up. When I've got things set up as I like them and there's been a kernel update (for instance) I run off another back-up DVD using Remastersys - just in case!
I also back-up to external media the .iso file each time. (Yes, I like back-ups!!!)

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I use Remastersys as a back-up. When I've got things set up as I like them and there's been a kernel update (for instance) I run off another back-up DVD using Remastersys - just in case!
I also back-up to external media the .iso file each time. (Yes, I like back-ups!!!)

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Backups are Must... and I like them too Actually I try to do a weekly differential image using a commercial imaging program. Knock on wood this has never failed me other than loosing a few e-mails. The nice thing is that I can also mount the image so I can retrieve files if needed.
A linux OS image takes about 20 minutes afterward that the differential takes a few minutes.
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I already did, he said his projects are overlapping but he will see what he can do.
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Hi guys,

Here am I, will you send me an angel ...

Seriously, I know there's my own older remastersys tutorial, a remastersys tutorial here, some live cd info here and my own article from a week back, so that's the overlap I was thinking of.

Now, perhaps this could be a linux live cd image management tutorial?
How to create and manage images in a portable fashion?

And I have a multi-boot-usb article coming up in a week or so, so this could also blend nicely. So perhaps something that combines all various tools and utilities for managing live utilities, some multi-booting and finally a review of remastering tools that focus on creating givable customized images - not from the self-backup angle - with specific focus on remastersys?

What do you think?

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finally a review of remastering tools that focus on creating givable customized images - not from the self-backup angle - with specific focus on remastersys?
If I understand your correctly than Perhaps this method could help create a Linux distro custom built for a friend or family member. Could this be done inspite of the different hardware it may encounter?
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That's the beauty of Linux. Dynamic loading of kernel modules. When the kernel comes up, unneeded components are simply not used, and those that are needed are inserted into memory. So in theory, you're 100% portable.

The only problem could be with special hardware that Linux does not contain, nor your remastered copy. Say proprietary ati drivers, when you have only nvidia. In that case, they will have to run an update on first use to get to full.

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