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Creating a custom linux mint image

Postby skinnyMan on Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:12 am

I have the requirement of creating a Linux Mint live CD image using the least amount of space. I tried uninstalling as many packages that I thought were unnecessary, but somehow I keep breaking functionality.

Is there any easy way to shrink it down to something alot smaller?
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Re: Creating a custom linux mint image

Postby administrollaattori on Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:50 pm

Here you are -> http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=107350

PS. Use stable, long support versions like Mint 13
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Re: Creating a custom linux mint image

Postby Webtest on Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:42 pm

SkinnyMan ...
If your key word was "easy", you are probably out of luck. The "how to" post that was suggested is extremely tricky. I never could get it to work ... I never was able to generate a bootable image. If you manage to do it please let me know how and I'll be forever greatful!

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Re: Creating a custom linux mint image

Postby administrollaattori on Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:59 pm

Webtest wrote:SkinnyMan ...
If your key word was "easy", you are probably out of luck. The "how to" post that was suggested is extremely tricky. I never could get it to work ... I never was able to generate a bootable image. If you manage to do it please let me know how and I'll be forever greatful!


I suppose that there is something wrong with your VirtualBox settings, because I tested the method, and it worked. Even custom Mint 15 image booted up, but there had some permission problem with home folder when testing in VirtualBox.

There is some other tools than VirtualBox for testing the images, for example Qemu.
http://wiki.qemu.org/Main_Page
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Re: Creating a custom linux mint image

Postby Webtest on Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:41 pm

Administrollaattori ...
Virtualbox has nothing to do with it ... I've never run virtual box. I'm running Mint 13 Mate LiveDVD from a Locked USB drive with an external hard drive for the images and intermediate data, and I followed the instructions to the letter. There is one instruction that won't run as listed in Mint 13. It generates an error. I was able to generate ISOs and write them to a USB drive with USB Image Writer, but NONE of my ISOs ever booted. It may have something to do with running Mint from ROM?

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Re: Creating a custom linux mint image

Postby administrollaattori on Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:34 pm

Webtest wrote: I was able to generate ISOs and write them to a USB drive with USB Image Writer, but NONE of my ISOs ever booted. It may have something to do with running Mint from ROM?

Some reason my ISOs boots always .. :lol:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBHF7Iil ... e=youtu.be

Edit: Custom live CD version 4 size 668Mt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W66AkPZ ... e=youtu.be

PS. There is a download link also .. :wink:
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Postby Lingula on Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:16 pm

Webtest, I think administrollaattori is trying to hint at a better way of doing builds and testing ISO images. Virtualizing your build environment gives you more flexibility and control of the build environment, allows you pause, save, and clone machine states, and helps to prevent doing harm to your production OS environment. Virtualbox, vmware, Xen all have free versions that run in Windows, Linux, OS/X, and I think even BSD. Consider moving your build environment to a virtual machine instead of a USB drive. The virtual environment is also a great way to test new images. It allows you to try to boot the image without having to copy images to USB or having to reboot your system and go through POST.
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