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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Forking Remastersys and the state of OS4

Ok guys, as many of you know Fragadelic who created remastersys has decided to quit. Myself and Tony aka fragadelic have decided that we here at OS4 will continue to develop and use the great tool that is Remastersys. We are changing the name to System Imager as per his request. To do this its going to take some financial backing so any donations you guys can make, $5 to $10 to as much as you want to make will be appreciated and helpful. We also need some developers for System Imager. if you guys wish to help drop me an e-mail. Also, as of OS4 14, we are splitting off from Ubuntu. We wil be moving back towards the pure debian route. But we will remain compatible with Ubuntu. We will not be including mir, we will produce Wayland with the rest of the communities. I want to take this chance to thank everyone who has supported OS4 and who continues to support us. The last few days have been rocky and uncertainty has definitely been running rampant. We are not going anywhere.

19 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I am thrilled to see you are taking up the cause with Remastersys. I think it's a great tool and unique. I have used it recently to create a live DVD, based on Mint 13, that is full of free tools for writers and publishers. When I read the announcement from Tony I was gutted. I wish you and he the best of luck.

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    1. Believe me i was gutted as well. Thats when myself and the team had a late night conversation on Saturday night and decided we wanted to keep this tool around and we are going to take measures to ensure that its around for a very very long time.

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    2. Hey Mr B, got a link for your distro, please? Sounds cool.

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  2. Hey there...I can help. Financially and technically. I maintain wattOS (its on Distrowatch), and have donated money to Tony in the past also. I can test and have primarily remastered on ubuntu, but recently started testing with Debian and Liquorix kernel and remastersys, etc....I am getting ready for a new release likely to be on 13.04 (but also actively testing wheezy)...go ahead and contact me at ron@planetwatt.com tks....

    biff

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  3. I think that is important maintain some gui tool to remaster the design of Debians / UBuntus, many projects uses this tool to support a distro on a local projects.

    Greetings from Portugal.

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    1. Exactly, and we saw that with OS4, where customers would use Remastersys as a Norton Ghost type product. And we intend to maintain that. on the server side we are already working on a Webmin plugin so customers and users can use this tool across the network

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  4. Remastersys is a brilliant tool that has made my life much easier. I wish you great success with this project.

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  5. Is anything done to include efi/gpt-support to the installer? Without this, it`s pretty much useless...I can live with the lack of ability to do a native uefi-install, but not being able to install to a gpt-disk is a dealbreaker in 2013. Mandatory Swap is also outdated. We don`t want swap on our ssd`s. They are booting so fast that there is no point in hibernation...

    In order to donate, we really should know a little bit more about what you are thinking of doing about the shortcomings of Remastersys, and if you intend to bring it up to the standard today, and that must iclude a installer that handles efi and gpt.

    Otherwise it`s of no interest to me, and I assume that also applies to the majority...

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    1. I feel the same. Been stung too many times by Linux developers to ever donate again until I see the result.

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    2. EFI and uEFI support is already supported, the Shim bootloader is installed and configured to handle efi. Several users have not reported any problems so our efi support is the same you get with Ubuntu, Red Hat and OpenSUSE. gpt-support is configured into the installer so far, and we are doing a technical paper so the confusion will go down. OS4 Enterprise Linux 4.1.3 supports what we call partition schemes in the installer. So you get your regular options and then at the bottom we have an entry for partition for SSD which removes mandatory swap. That same installer is coming in OS4 OpenLinux 14.

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  6. I had a problem with doing sudo apt-get update with the keys for 3 repositories coming back with invalid keys. I was able to update the keys but for this repository I get this error:
    Reading package lists... Done
    W: GPG error: http://www.remastersys.com precise Release: The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG B6068D255563B350 Tony Brijeski (Remastersys Key)
    What do I need to do to fix this so can use the repository and get rid of the error? Thanks. :D

    Nov8tr

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    1. You are still using those repositories, you will just get a key error. If you can send me a private mail with the names of those faulty keys I will get in touch with the repository maintainers

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  7. Oh Good, I'm really glad that the remastersys project as been takin up. To be honest remastersys is the single top reason I'm such a debian based linux user I have been using it since I was 15 and it has made my life so much easier being able to make a custom dist for my friends and family (20min fully update ver. vs 2hr fresh setup) I also had hp laptops that had the b43 wireless that used to be a pain to setup. Big thanks to Tony for all the hard work he put into this project.

    To the OS/4 team thanks and good luck. Also Tony on his forum had asked for transations for the gui and I had sent him 4 german, russian, japanese and french traslated through google traslate (they were all tiny little phrases so it should have came out usable) to his e-mail I don't think I have them anymore but he may still have them in his e-mail if the team needed them

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  8. Is it possible, using your fork to have a ISO image starting with grub boot loader instaed of isolinux?

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  9. I'm trying to contact Mr. Tony "Fragadelic" Brijeski, just to thank him for his remastersys. Unfortunately I'm one of the last ones to download it to my system and before I could master it, it went down. Please try and convey my best wishes and I'm really sorry that I'm not able to thank him personally.
    Mo

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  10. what is the Current Status of System Imager? (remastersys) is it being worked or what? or do just use the last Version of remastersys??

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  11. Its still worked on, right now we are up to release 1.2, we are still having issues with 13.04 and still working on that. We are also working on a fedora port but thats proving to be a headache

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    1. Fedora is horrible and they have a tool for that already called remasterme

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  12. Where is the source for your fork of Remastersys maintained? Also why call it System Imager, when there is already a SystemImager (systemimager.org)?

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