Make Your Own Customised Ubuntu Live CD, Thumb Drive

Have you ever wanted a nice personalised copy of Ubuntu to take around with you? Even if you aren't well versed in the terminal, Remastersys makes it very easy to create a customised live CD from the Ubuntu you already have installed.

I've been messing around with Puppy Linux because of its built in remastering capabilities only to find it lacking in certain areas. It was very difficult to get Compiz running, and a lot of the Ubuntu packages don't work natively. Even though Puppy Linux is smaller and more well suited to older PCs, I wanted something more solid and pain-free.

Enter Remastersys. Just set it and forget it. I was so surprised at how easy it was I decided to write a tip for anyone interested. I'm actually writing this tip from a remastered live CD of Ubuntu I just made using Remastersys.

<h3<The Setup

  1. You need to tell Ubuntu where to find the packages. In the terminal, use this command to open the source list.

    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

  2. Then insert this line at the end of the file that pops up if you have Lucid 10.04. For other distros, go here to find the correct repository.

    deb [www.geekconnection.org]karmic/

  3. Save that file, then update your sources:

    sudo apt-get update

  4. Install Remastersys:

    sudo apt-get install remastersys

  5. Type this to see the different commands available to you:

    sudo remastersys

  6. Now, to create a bootable .iso file, you can use this command. ("custom" can be anything you want). The resulting .iso file is located in home/remastersys/

    sudo remastersys backup custom.iso

  7. Move the .iso file to a safe directory, then clean out your remaster directory:

    sudo remastersys clean

Take Heed

  • Don't use if you have personal information and passwords saved in your internet browser. It copies everything!
  • Clean out your browser cache and use sudo apt-get clean to remove unused packages.

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