View Full Version : How to write 'perfect' fedora installation on cd so I destribute to friends?

12th March 2007, 05:07 PM
hi i have installed fedora core 6 for a couple of months now and i believe i have created my perfected installation.

I would like to save this entire istallation and use it for my future pcs or give it to friends that dont know much about linux and dont want to search or try to install packages for mp3 codecs for example...

Is there any tool to do that or any standard way?
What problems do you think i will face?

I think i ll face some problems with the boot loaders (it should give the chance for dual booting, partitioning, etc like on a normal fedora distro not just copy-paste the os on the hard drive) as well as the user accounts (obviously there have to be some users on this 'perfect' instalation and i dont want the friends that i am gonna give it to be see them).

Some people told me about systemimager (http://www.falkotimme.com/howtos/systemimager/) which i find REALLY cool exept for the fact that you need a server to install those images that you ve just created...

What do you think on that?
Thanx in advance

13th March 2007, 07:25 AM
There are some people really into the 100% free and unrestricted part of Fedora that wouldn't call Fedora media with mp3 'perfect'. But go ahead if you want to.

The thing is you can't call it Fedora. They have to protect the brand, so any derivatives have to be something else. This includes a rebranding and removal of lots of Fedora references. A fair bit of work. See http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution

pungi (https://hosted.fedoraproject.org/projects/pungi) does enable you to build Fedora distros. It will be the release tool, and the Unity project uses it to make respins with updates preapplied.

For a nice touch apply some CD labels: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Artwork/CDArt

13th March 2007, 08:52 AM
hi jman ,
thanx for replying,

first of all, I cant imagine an installation without (at least) mp3 codecs , plus i havent met anyone that doesnt install mp3 codecs first thing on a fresh system, obviously there must be people who claim that using this kind of software is against the "free software idea" but i say stoping me from installing what software I LIKE is against "my free software idea" (i guess i am a free as in freedom fan lol)...

second, i was mostly insterested in saving my installation (like taking a backup) so i dont have to reinstall all those packs that literaly took me days to download and configure, everytime i buy a new pc or a "windows" friend asks me for a "good, easy distro that does all those things windows do plus more"...

i ve never intended to profesionally destribute it so i never considered naming, brand, or any other law issue so thanx for brinking it up...

pungi lets you create your own distro, i tried that before with lfs (linux from scratch) but it was kinda complicated procedure so i didnt carry on...pungi looks interesting thought, i ll give it a try although i am afraid that its not well documented...

wish there was a simpler step by step guide to do this...

anyway, i ll keep you posted
thanx again

13th March 2007, 07:49 PM
have a look at fedora.frog. Basically it had a script file to download the extra stuff for Fedora Core 5 to make it more usable. If u edit the scripts and make it suit your perfect install need (for FC6) .Then when u do a fresh install and you need to run the script which will install all the packages needed through yum.

link : http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Fedora_frog