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How to create an ISO Image of my perosnal-tweaked Fedora20 GNOME?

asked 2014-11-02 01:07:23 -0500

Gaurav Dighe gravatar image


I am a regular user of Fedora20-GNOME. Yesterday, my friend came down to my place and he was excitted to see Fedora20-GNOME on desktop. I have tweaked it as per my needs with wallpapers, themes, conky, softwares(from yumex) as well as some personal softwares installed manually, maven libraries, git, oracle-xe database.

He wants my copy as he is not much aware of Linux.

As per my knowledge, Linux is redistributable. So please guide me on how to create an bootable ISO image of my Fedora20-GNOME.


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answered 2014-11-02 03:31:00 -0500

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You can make a bootable version of the system - as in - one that will contain the same packages that you've installed. However, the user configurations that you've made will need to first be converted into a deployable way. It'll be much easier to :

  • Install Fedora on his system
  • Copy over the user config files

This should work but you need to be careful about minor changes like different usernames.

Another solution is to use a kickstart - Even in this, the user settings need to be deployed somehow - it isn't really straight forward.

In general, it is quite difficult to make a bootable iso of an already installed system. It's possible theoretically but I've never seen anyone do it - since it's less work to just install fresh and set up.

When I set up my systems, I generally have a couple of bash scripts that set up the user for me. However, I don't bother to tweak the user settings - themes etc. - that much. I generally only need a certain set of packages which is easy to install. You can get the current set of installed packages using the show-installed command available in the yum-utils package. Try show-installed --help for more details.

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