I wanted to give my friends a taste of ubuntu, but they are unwilling to download all these packages online. So how can I create an ISO with Oneiric as base with all the other essentials? I will not brand it. And I've tried Pinguy and Mint. I don't like them either.
The previous de-facto tool to do this was Remastersys but it has sadly been discontinued.
A Novo Builder Tutorial should get you started up.