A listing of random software, tips, tweaks, hacks, and tutorials I made for Ubuntu


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4 responses to “Forum

  1. Steve Holliday January 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I have used remastersys for a few years now, but since upgrading to 11.10 it is now working so I have installed relinux but unfortunately it is not working for me. Don’t know if it is because my hard drive is encrypted, but using the terminal I am getting an iso produced but it doesn’t work!
    Still, if I am patient I am sure a solution will come my way, it usually does!

  2. Jitsu September 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Your software sounds great. Remastersys has been good, but it can not do everything I need. I am not afraid of the CLI if there is good documentation and clear options, though I would prefer a gui if possible.

    I do not use Ubuntu. I did at one point, but I now prefer Debian. Mint Debian, Kanotix, and Epidemic (New) are some of my favorites. At the moment I am really impressed with Epidemic which has its own custom installer on 1 single page, custom bootloader (looks like grub2 with a splash image), splash screen, and a few unique package management tools. It uses KDE 4.(9?). However, I am wondering if your next release would support using its native installer and splash screen, or if I could still make a backup/remix with whatever installer is available. I would not object to using Ubiquity on Debian if it was compatible, though Epidemics isntaller is also nice and perhaps easier than Ubiquity.

    Kanotix has a lot of custom features and scripts and boots from CD into persistent mode. I would LOVE to be able to add persistent mode to a live CD, either by remixing Kanotix or by simply adding packages to a debian/ubuntu distro.

    I also play with Arch and Gentoo. I like them both for different reasons. I like how Arch is so minimalist and simple…I used to hate that, but now that I am more security conscious I realize that running services I do not need is a bad plan. It is a lot easier than tearing down without breaking things. I like Gentoo as well because it lets me do things that no other distro will let me do, like delete JUST the packages I do not want even if they are “dependencies”. The problem with Arch and Gentoo is that the vanilla distros do not have gui installers, and the custom distros (at least with Gentoo) tend to mask packages I want and create just as much work as starting from scratch.

    I would really love an easier way to port installers to Arch or Gentoo. I would love to use Chakra’s isntaller on a custom Arch based distro. I would love to use Anaconda or the installer from Calculate or ANY graphical installer really in a custom Gentoo system. The distro probably did not come with a gui installer when I installed it, but adding it would be pretty sweet.

    Being able to choose a different kernel would be nice. Multilib would be cool, but not essential. Being able to remix Debian and specify that I want a Zen or Liquorix kernel, or to add my own customized kernel would be really useful. I would really enjoy being able to add persistent mode and a custom kernel and add a compatible gui installer. I dont really care if it uses the same installer it came with or not, as long as it works…whatever is easier.

    I realize that is a lot to ask for. For the immediate future I would be happy if I was simply able to use it with Debian or with Epidemic which I like. It uses a different installer and I would prefer that it did not break.

    Anaconda seems to be cross platform. Using Acanconda instead of whatever random installer is out there would not be the end of the world. Using Ubiquity in Debian or cross platform would also be great if it worked. Chakra’s isntaller is my favorite so far, but depends on QT (which is fine).

    Also, there are sometimes settings that I would actually want to pull from a users settings, though I would not want to retain anything that could be a privacy/security threat later on. For example, if I wanted the live distro to boot into a specific IRC channel at startup, that requires either scripting or manually specific settings….which would be lost if nothing but the vanilla package was installed. I would not however want my uuids or anything that could fingerprint my user or machine to be installed and transferred to the next user. I would hate for little things to be stored in the remix that would be used to hack the original machine later on.

    I will check up on your progress. I know it can be a lot of work. It is appreciated. I do not expect all of those features, but those are some of the features that I would find useful.

    • Anonymous Meerkat October 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Jitsu,
      Thanks for the ideas and sorry for my late reply.

      About the Epidemic installer and custom bootloader, the installer might be compatible, but it would require patching it (I’ll see if I can write a tutorial sometime). I think you are right about the custom bootloader (that it is a heavily configured GRUB splash). Relinux has nothing to do with the installed GRUB installation, so you should be able to edit the configuration file without relinux being a bottleneck. Using ubiquity on debian would be quite hard as it’s written for Ubuntu (it’s easier to port a debian app to ubuntu than vice-versa).

      Yes, persistent mode is one of the features planned for 0.4 (just a genisoimage switch).

      Right, porting installers would take a bit of time as they usually have a lot of package management switches and distro-specific commands. Thing is, it’s not hard to port, it just takes a long time to find each distro-specific part and port it to the other distro (plus all of the trial+error testing). About Chakra, isn’t it based on Arch (I saw some pacman-related code there)? For gentoo, I think there is a ported version of D-i (I know it’s really ugly, but at least it’s a start).

      Great idea! It would require the user knowing a bit more than the average about the kernel (like kernel filename, kernel version, etc…) though, but I imagine that if the user wants a custom kernel, (s)he will already know that kind of information.

      The settings are actually quite easy to change. Simply copy+paste the setting files (for example, konversation auto-join IRC channels would be in ~/.kde/share/config/konversationrc) to /etc/skel (under the proper directories, of course). This part is a lot harder to automate as it would require a huge database of application configuration files, plus a lot of updates for each application update (so for now, you will have to just need to know the filepaths of the configuration files).

      I’ll add these ideas to my TODO list and see how things turn out :)

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