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  1. #1

    How do you make a linux mint 17 custom iso?


    I've been trying to make a custom linux mint 17 oem iso for usb booting but I can't seem to get it to work. I've tried the ubuntu customization kit but for some reason I can't do anything with the package manager on it because it keeps giving me the following error:
    Code:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
     libpam-systemd : Depends: systemd-services (= 204-5ubuntu20)
     vim : Depends: vim-runtime (= 2:7.4.052-1ubuntu3) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).
    (apt-get -f install doesn't fix the problem).
    Also I tried following the instructions here Linux Mint Forums ? View topic - Remastered Mint CD/DVD but then when I burn the image it doesn't boot up.

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    Does anyone know?

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    You can try to install remastersys, tweak the installed system and then use it to create a custom ISO. I've gotten it to work on Lubuntu 14.04 as well as Xubuntu 14.04 so it should be adaptable to Mint 17. I think Mint gave up supporting the remastering capability a few releases back...

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    Ok so I've figured out that the oem iso image I downloaded for mint isn't actually an iso image, but is actually an "x86 boot sector".
    Does anyone know of a way to turn an iso into an "x86 boot sector" file?

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    I've tried remastersys before and it didn't work.

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    What exactly is an OEM ISO image? You go to the Mint site and download the ISO of your choice, what am I missing?

    How did you try remastersys? I patched it into a few Buntu based 14.04 distros and got it working just fine. There are quite a few dependent programs you have to add though...

  8. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by NGIB View Post
    What exactly is an OEM ISO image? You go to the Mint site and download the ISO of your choice, what am I missing?

    How did you try remastersys? I patched it into a few Buntu based 14.04 distros and got it working just fine. There are quite a few dependent programs you have to add though...
    Basically it's an iso you use for creating an oem install. That way I can install it on a computer I might want to sell (or in this case give away) so that I don't have to set up a password for them and have them call me later on asking what the password is.

    As for remastersys I remember installing it before on mint a while ago and I remember running into some pretty serious problems (though I can't remember what they were to be honest). I'll see if I can install the Ubuntu version and get it working.

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    Set it up with a generic user and password and tell the buyer/receiver how to change it.

    If you're not welded to Mint, MX-14 has a snapshot application which will make an ISO image from your installed system that you can write to a USB stick. It works very well and I've used it a number of times. The installer will preserve the backed up "home" data if you want it to as well. You can read about it from the links here:

    http://www.mepiscommunity.org/mx

    It is what remastersys could have evolved into had the developer continued work on it...

  10. #9
    Ok so I tried remastersys, and it generated an iso image, and I burned that to usb flash drive, and tried to boot off of it. So far it has blinking cursor at the top right and nothing else.

  11. #10
    Spend some time on this page and especially read the comments. I got this to work in a few 14.04 based systems.

    Black Lab Image Creator: Black Lab Imager 1.1 Source Code available today

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