Custom minimal distribution
Ditch ready-made solutions and craft your own lean Linux by hand.
Install minimal ubuntu
Begin by downloading the minimal Ubuntu ISO that includes the least number of components required to boot Linux. During installation, the installer shows the tasksel tool for selecting additional components; select one of the minimal graphical environments.
customise the install
After installation, boot into the distribution and add and remove packages as per your needs using the package manager. You can also manually install apps by downloading pre-packaged binaries and modify other aspects of the installation such as menus and themes.
clean the install
When you’ve made all the changes, it’s best to remove any unnecessary files from the installation. While you can do this manually, save yourself a lot of time by using BleachBit. Also head to Edit > Preferences > Languages to remove any additional language packs.
Install bodhibuilder Bodhibuilder is a graphical tool that has been forked from the remastersys script by the Bodhi Linux project; we’ll use it to turn our custom installation into a distributable ISO image. The script is available as a binary and works on all Ubuntu-based distributions.
Fire up the app and switch to the Settings tab to define the name of your custom distribution. The Actions tab offers several build options. The Backup option will roll the installation into an ISO image with the exact same settings as your desktop and is meant for your own use.
Build and share
To create a distributable ISO, you should use the Dist option. This excludes all your personal settings and only includes your app selection. Before you press this button, you can optionally use the buttons at the bottom of the interface to set a custom image for the bootloader.