Fork in the road

Linux Format - - HOTTEST DISTROS -

Re­mas­ter­sys has al­ways been one of the most pop­u­lar scripts for trans­form­ing a cus­tomised Ubuntu in­stal­la­tion into a bootable ISO image. It drew in­spi­ra­tion from Man­driva’s mk­livecd, but was writ­ten for Ubuntu. When the orig­i­nal script ceased de­vel­op­ment, it was forked by sev­eral other projects, most no­tice­ably Bodhi Linux and Pin­guyOS. We’ve used the Bodhi Linux fork called Bod­hibuilder in this ar­ti­cle and you can just as eas­ily use Pin­guyOS’s fork named Pin­guy Builder.

Be­sides these, there’s now some­thing of an of­fi­cial fork of the orig­i­nal script. Dubbed Linux Re­spin, this script is hosted at the orig­i­nal re­mas­ter­ web­site. Un­like the other two how­ever, Linux Re­spin fo­cuses on cre­at­ing cus­tom spins from De­bian and Linux Mint. There’s also a ver­sion that will work on one of Free Soft­ware Foun­da­tion’s favourite dis­tri­bu­tions called Trisquel GNU/Linux. The Linux Re­spin devel­op­ers are work­ing to port the script to Fe­dora in­stal­la­tions as well, so keep your eyes peeled for news on that front.

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