chiefjim wrote:Remastersys should indeed do everything you need. To keep things simple use the Distribution selection.
Installing it takes 5 minutes or less. Maybe another 5 minutes to customize the options.
My Mint 14 Mate system is a hybrid using several added KDE apps; kmymoney, k3b, etc. Once setup I run remastersys to have system backup on hand. Also ideal for handing out to friends and family as they initially receive a carbon copy of what I am running.
Some notes about using the dist option
You should start with a clean install of Ubuntu or variant and use a single user to make all changes. You should not install any proprietary video drivers like the nvidia or ati drivers as they will not be used on the livecd and users will have to reinstall them after installation. Clean up history and cache and copy over the contents to /etc/skel but be sure to change the ownership of everything in /etc/skel to root. While the livecd/dvd is being created, you should not open any other apps or windows. Do not under any circumstances enable auto login as it will cause the live user creation portion of casper to fail and you will not get to the desktop.
Some notes about the backup option
You can log into the livecd/dvd with any valid user that was on the system on the hard drive but it is recommended to log into the first one created during the initial installation as that is the user that can sudo. When you come to install this back to a hard drive, the user setup portion of ubiquity (the install program) is just a placeholder other than the system name. The username and password set here will not be used but must be created in order to continue with the installation. Part of the reason for this is that your users are already created so you don't need to create them again, but more importantly because user setup is an integral part of the install program and cannot be removed or bypassed easily. If you were using proprietary video drivers like the nvidia or ati ones, you will need to reinstall them. The Ubuntu livecd scripts prevent these from running properly but reinstalling them after installation will make them work again.
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