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Who has experience that can help build a new distro?
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:44:44 pm »
Alright, so after much searching around I've realized that my "perfect lightweight linux distro" doesn't exist.

Here's what I have in mind:

Based on Ubuntu
Run Fluxbox (or possibly pekwm) with LxPanel and PCManFM (Meaning it's lighter weight than LXDE, but looks really similar).
Have just a bare minimum of packages...it's EASY to install things in Ubuntu, so let people do it themselves.


Anybody have any experience with fluxbox or with building a distro in a VM to be distributed via iso?

Thanks!
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Re: Who has experience that can help build a new distro?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2013, 09:21:26 pm »
I have no experience in building distros, so cannot help you there.
If you want a minimal Ubuntu then you could start with the server edition and build on that.
Also a good starting point would be the Debian net install.

I would ask whom would be your target audience?

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Re: Who has experience that can help build a new distro?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2013, 01:23:22 am »
Possibly look into the Ubuntu customization kit, to build a customised Ubuntu.

or perhaps remastersys to create a LiveCD image of your currently installed system.

See here:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DerivativeDistroHowto



Otherwise you'll have to unpack an ISO and the squashfs manually .. chroot into it .. make your changes .. and rebuild it all manually.

There are plenty of online tutorials for doing this, such as:
http://www.debuntu.org/how-to-customize-your-ubuntu-live-cd/
but you'll need to be comfortable with the command line .. or use the tools mentioned above.

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Re: Who has experience that can help build a new distro?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2013, 02:18:46 am »
It's currently 02:10 so haven't followed any of the links but this might be useful
If you need help ask a professional, then act upon their advice.
Anything less and you're just wasting peoples time.

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Re: Who has experience that can help build a new distro?
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2013, 07:12:21 pm »
If you would ask me I would say put your weight/expertise behind some of the other (many of them struggling) minimalist distros instead of starting your own. Even ex Fuduntu Cloverleaf to become openSUSE Add-on

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Re: Who has experience that can help build a new distro?
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2013, 03:00:02 pm »
Hey!! I found one!!

Apparently WattOS' latest release (the microwatt edition) is based on pekwm :) Downloading now...I'll let you know how it goes :)

 


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