This guide explains how you can build customized Ubuntu (as well as Kubuntu/Xubuntu and Edubuntu) Live-CDs with the help of UCK (Ubuntu Customization Kit) on Ubuntu 9.04. UCK allows you to customize the language and the applications on the Live-CD.
I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!
1 Preliminary Note
In this example I will only change the language of the Live-CD to German. Of course, it is possible to make further modifications.
2 Installing UCK
In Ubuntu 9.04, UCK is available in the official Ubuntu repositories – we can therefore install it using Synaptic. Go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager:
Type in your password:
In Synaptic, you can use the Quick search field to search for the package uck. Then click on the checkbox left of the uck package and select Mark for Installation:
uck has some additional dependencies that need to be satisfied. Click on Mark to accept these dependencies:
Click on Apply afterwards to start the installation:
Confirm your selection by clicking on Apply again:
Afterwards, uck and its dependencies are being installed:
Click on Close afterwards and leave Synaptic:
3 Using UCK
You can launch UCK by going to Applications > System Tools > Ubuntu Customization Kit:
You will see a welcome message first. Click on Close to continue:
Now select the language packs that you’d like to include on the Live-CD:
Next select the language that will be used to boot the Live-CD:
Select the desktop environment(s) that will be included on the Live-CD:
Next we must select the Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu/Edubuntu ISO file from our hard drive (that means you must download it if it’s not present on your hard drive already) – it will be used as the basis for the customized Live-CD.
Give the new Live-CD a name (up to 32 characters):
If you want to customize further things (apart from the language), select yes, otherwise no. I select no because I just want to customize the language:
If you want to delete Windows-related files (such as wubi) from the Live-CD, select yes, otherwise no:
Click on Close to start the Live-CD build process:
Type in your password:
The customized Live-CD is now being built. This can take some minutes, so please be patient:
Afterwards, you will see a message telling you where you can find the Live-CD ISO image:
If the ISO image is too big to be burnt onto a CD, you will see the following warning (which means you must burn it onto a DVD then):
Now burn the ISO image onto a CD/DVD and boot from it – it should use the language you selected during the build process (German in this case)
- Ubuntu Customization Kit: http://uck.sourceforge.net/
- Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com/