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I am serving in the Peace Corps in a poor Spanish speaking country. I manage several small computer labs. For reasons of limited networking, old computers, and unreliable electricity, I decided that the best solution for teaching computers here is to have the computers boot up to Edubuntu Live CDs. The learning games can't be beat for the price. However, I need to make modifications in the LiveCDs for this to happen, and I'm not sure what is the easiest way to do this. Specifically, the most important changes I need to make is:

  1. to remove the install option in boot up.
  2. to add an offline encyclopedia.

I figured out that the best offline encyclopedia option is a copy of Wikipedia. Since I need a Spanish language Wikipedia, I'm probably going to go with Evopedia. Although if someone has a better suggestion I'm all ears.

What I'm not certain of is how to add it to the Live CD. Much of this I'm just going to have to figure out for myself, but a few pointers should would help. Do I just add the .deb packages to the "Pool" folder? That seems too easy.

I've been playing with IsoMaster, which is fine for adding whole files, but no so good for editing them. Do I need to do this from a command line?

Or is the best way to build a PC the way I want it and then make an iso image of it? If so, how do I make it bootable?

I know a few things about Linux, but I'm not a guru, so please have sympathy on someone who just wants to do some good in the world.

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Take a look at the CDPedia project from PyAr (Python User group Argentina). Is a project to use the wikipedia offline from a CD/USB pendrive:

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Adding an encyclopedia to a live CD is no different from any other live CD customization. It might even be easier than a lot of customization jobs, since it likely doesn't require upgrading or installing Ubuntu packages.

This guide in the Ubuntu community documentation wiki explains in detail how to create a customized live CD, including adding files and installing applications.

That guide is somewhat dated; while it still works, you'll see references therein to some pretty old Ubuntu versions. Furthermore, there are now some other options for customizing a live CD. So I recommend also consulting this question, here on Ask Ubuntu (and its answers):

Thus, my answer is essentially to say: Just make a custom live CD .iso image with the encyclopedia files on it.

  • I haven't provided a procedure to customize a live CD here, as that would duplicate the information in the above question, and could lead to this question being closed as a duplicate of that question.
  • However, if you have questions specific to adding the encyclopedia, or you have any problems, please feel free to post a comment here, and I'll try to expand this answer again to meet your needs.
  • Alternatively, if you feel that one of the answers here has satisfactorily answered your question, I recommend marking that as the accepted answer by clicking the gray check mark to the left of it.
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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – hexafraction Aug 20 '12 at 11:58
@ObsessiveFOSS Thanks. I appreciate your comment--I should've expanded this long ago! While I feel that including the contents of the linked page wouldn't be appropriate in this answer (as I've explained in the answer), this answer still wasn't very good. I've improved it by linking to similar information that's already on this site, contextualizing the information, and explaining how the OP can get further help. – Eliah Kagan Aug 21 '12 at 5:14

I think Remastersys would be the tool to use.

The 'Information' sections has some howtos to help you get started.

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – hexafraction Aug 21 '12 at 12:51

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