- Create a VirtualBox VM with Lubuntu and all the software I plan to use in the lab installed on it.
- Install Remastersys on this VM and use it to create a custom installation disk.
- Use the custom installation disk thus created to install Lubuntu along side Windows on the lab workstations.
Step 1: The VMI created a new VirtualBox VM and installed Lubuntu 14.04 (64 bit) on it. After running all the updates, I did the following:
- Installed virtualbox-guest-utils. This package will not be needed on the lab workstations, but without it screen resolution on the VM is limited to 640x480, making it too difficult to work with.
- Added this PPA and then installed remastersys-gtk. I figured better to test this early, since if it doesn't work there is not point in doing the rest of the setup.
- Installed gnome-screenshot and gimp. I added these two now to be able to take screenshots of the remastersys screens and edit them.
- From Synaptic package manager I enabled the "Canonical Partners" repository and installed adobe-flashplugin.
- Added the ubuntugis-unstable PPA.
here, which suggested creating an empty lightdm.conf file in /etc/lightdm would fix the problem. It did! The process completed and I found a custom-dist.iso file in the /home/remastersys/remastersys directory. I installed successfully with the custom-dist.iso, with one caveat -- when I tried to select "Encrypt my home folder" during the install, it crashed. Encrypting the home directory does not appear to work with the Remastersys created iso, so I'll just make sure not to select that option, and to use the process described here to encrypt home directories later.
The last thing I needed by way of infrastructure on this VM is Grub Customizer, which will make it easy to edit the bootloader menu to have it boot to Windows by default (it pains me to do that, but I'm sharing the lab this year so I have to play nice ;-)
Step 2: Adding SoftwareI know I'll continue to add other software as the year goes on and I find other things I need, but for the first go round, here is a list of packages I know I'll want, that I have just installed on the VM:
With all this software installed, I ran Remastersys again to make an installation iso disk image. Tomorrow I'll try it out in the lab...