Last night I asked about recipe for Arch Linux. Thought I should write down my attempts in summary form. I'm sure that I made some errors -- why I do the attempts on VirtualBox. However, the notes may be useful to others and explain some of my criteria. They are likely relevant to others' needs at least in a general sense. If there's discussion, I suggest go off-list and then post conclusions. Best, JN ------------------------------------------------------------------- Dance Distro - s/w and music and instruction files on USB - Need to boot on many machines UEFI compatible booting of USB - Nice, but not critical to install on different machines - Features alsaplayer cd rip - have own script based on CDParanoia and lame text edit and display file chooser (e.g., Thunar) and launcher Nice to have quick selection Want configurable to have large font for use in hall. prefer to have debian package manager need to mount USBs need to copy files etc. nice to convert files (ffmulticonverter) rsync useful for loading / updating music files - Openbox or similar interface Allows easy setup of keyboard shortcuts. This is needed since the "appliance" is used in a busy environment where pointing device is too awkward and fussy. Choice of alsaplayer is - keyboard control - including speedup and slowdown and partial volume control - Explorations CrunchBang now no longer maintained But bunsenlabs has taken over But -- remastersys dead and respin versions not working on Debian Debian Live terminated (did not do UEFI boot anyway) Tried Arch -- definitely NOT fun, nor set up to be usable by reasonable folk. But Arch idea is attractive as it is building up rather than removing stuff. Apparently has transfer to USB tools, and UEFI boot, though this seemed awkward with Virtualbox, and experiments were with legacy style disk configuration. Tinycore -- small graphical interface. Says alsaplayer available, but package listed but not present in repository as far as I could determine. Mouse/pointer issues -- very jumpy. Not clear on how to customize / put on USB. Turnkey -- chose a Dokuwiki turnkey. Very fascist on insisting on long passwords for several functions. I missed recording the exact username for one admin account and was locked out on reboot. Too fussy. Also seems intended for install, not to be run Live except as demo. (And I hadn't fully checked out how to put on USB.) Mint Mate. This worked fine. Removed large apps. (Firefox, Thunderbird, Gimp, etc.) but still very large. Used Penguy tools -- GUI remastering -- and got custom iso that worked fine. Main issue is size, but otherwise OK.