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Hi guys, my first post on here so go easy on me! I've developed a Linux app (freeware - hobby related) which I'd like to create a custom distribution around. ...
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    Creating a custom Debian Distribution


    Hi guys, my first post on here so go easy on me!

    I've developed a Linux app (freeware - hobby related) which I'd like to create a custom distribution around. Something similar to smoothwall - user puts in a CD, boots the machine and turns it into a dedicated box running my app.

    I'm picking Debian as I've found the app runs very well on a Microsoft X-Box running the X-Box cut-down debian build. That would also suit my users (small cheap quiet box with a built-in NIC).

    I'd be very grateful if someone could point me to some resources detailing how to do this.

    I have no idea - I can use, run and program for linux, but have never built my own kernal or done any kind of distribution creation, so need something by way of a ground-up guide ideally.

    Many thanks,

    Dean

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    so you want to create a cd that boots a kernel and your program? (specificaly the debian xbox kernel)?
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    Hi qub, thanks for the reply.

    Yes, I guess that's about the size of it. It could either boot (and run) straight from CD-ROM, or boot, install and then run.

    If my app crashed the server admin could just restart the box.

    Very much along the lines of smoothwall/IPCop etc

    The app itself is configured over TCP/IP so it wouldn't need any kind of front end.

    Dean

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    Try looking at Morphix, Knoppix and damn small linux if you intend going the live CD route.

    Have a look at Componentized Linux http://www.progeny.com/ - might be of some use.
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    uhhh... nomar i think you missed the point, reguardless, sorry i got noting, hopefuly this will bump a bit and someone else will know how.
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    No problem.

    Thanks for the effort guys - I'll google around for some other linux forums.

    Must be someone somewhere that knows.....

    Dean

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