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Building Customized Ubuntu Live-CDs With UCK On Ubuntu 9.04


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:

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Type in your password:

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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:

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uck has some additional dependencies that need to be satisfied. Click on Mark to accept these dependencies:

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Click on Apply afterwards to start the installation:

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Confirm your selection by clicking on Apply again:

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Afterwards, uck and its dependencies are being installed:

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Click on Close afterwards and leave Synaptic:

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3 Using UCK

You can launch UCK by going to Applications > System Tools > Ubuntu Customization Kit:

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You will see a welcome message first. Click on Close to continue:

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Now select the language packs that you’d like to include on the Live-CD:

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Next select the language that will be used to boot the Live-CD:

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Select the desktop environment(s) that will be included on the Live-CD:

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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.

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Give the new Live-CD a name (up to 32 characters):

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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:

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If you want to delete Windows-related files (such as wubi) from the Live-CD, select yes, otherwise no:

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Click on Close to start the Live-CD build process:

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Type in your password:

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The customized Live-CD is now being built. This can take some minutes, so please be patient:

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Afterwards, you will see a message telling you where you can find the Live-CD ISO image:

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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):

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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)

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  • Ubuntu Customization Kit: http://uck.sourceforge.net/
  • Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com/

 

 

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