I have downloaded the 30 mb minimal Ubuntu 12.04 iso file. I would like to customize it. I would like o have the following customizations:

  1. add Ubuntu desktop GUI with Unity.
  2. add essential software and applications, including network.
  3. add other software
  4. And above all, I need to install my own kernel.
  5. I need to change the background images, logos and themes.
  6. Is it possible to change the boot animation ?

How is it possible? Will Ubuntu Customization Kit work ?


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The 30MB minimal ISO mini.iso is NOT a minimal Live-CD; it's a minimal net-install CD, and I don't think it's possible to customize it in the way you want. You need to start with a minimal Live-CD such as Ubuntu Mini Remix, which can be customized using the Ubuntu Customization Kit and other utilities. Please see this excellent answer from @Mitch to a similar question for a how-to.

  • izx, I read that post, and was helpful. I have read somewhere that, when making the live cd, it is also possible to change the prompt like "ubunut@ubuntu" to "user@something" . How is that possible ? May 26, 2012 at 17:42
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    @RoshanGeorge gksu gedit /etc/hostname and gksu gedit /etc/hosts May 27, 2012 at 3:50
  • @virpara I actually meant to edit the user and host of the live cd and not of the Ubuntu installed in my machine. May 28, 2012 at 10:02
  • @RoshanGeorge these are the files you need to edit weather you want to change on current installation or if you are building custom .squashfs. May 28, 2012 at 10:14
  • @RoshanGeorge: that's what he meant -- I don't know about the tools used to remaster, but using the "bare" way of remastering, i.e. modifying the .squashfs after chrooting into it, that's the way you do it.
    – ish
    May 28, 2012 at 10:59

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