Create my own linux ISO

Michael L Torrie torriem at chem.byu.edu
Thu Mar 8 10:23:49 MST 2007


On Thu, 2007-03-08 at 09:35 -0700, Brian Hawkins wrote:
> Over the next few months I need to put together my own linux distro 
> image.  I guess I need to backup first.  For school I'm creating a way 
> to perform differential bittorrent downloads.  I want to use linux 
> distribution images as my test data.  The idea is that if I have one 
> release of an image and I want to download the next, chances are they 
> are not entirely different.  It would be really cool if I could then use 
> matching blocks from the previous image to complete the new image and 
> therefore shortening my time to download.
> 
> With that said I need to build my own distribution image that I can 
> update with changes periodically and test against previous images.  I 
> also need to change the way the compression is done when putting the 
> image together.  The compression makes a big difference when trying to 
> find matching blocks in a previous image.
> 
> So my requirements are:
> I can build it on my Fedora Core 6 machine.
> The packages update regularly so I can create new versions of the image 
> with changes.
> I can modify the compression used when putting the image together.

You can easily build Fedora-based install DVDs with your own custom rpms
and things.  See
http://www.users.on.net/~rgarth/weblog/fedora/adding_pkgs.html

If you keep all your customizations in RPMS, this is a slick way to
go.  

I'm not quite sure what you're asking for here.  You speak of creating a
"distro image" and then talk about making an ISO.  Are you talking about
making a image that is cloned to hard drives, or are you talking about
making your own install CD that installs an OS, such as a Fedora-based
custom distro?

Michael


> 
> I have no idea where to start with accomplishing this, as I have never 
> put together a distribution before.  I would appreciate anyone with 
> experience in this area.
> 
> Thanks
> Brian
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