Per request of a teacher doing a video assignment, I got the chance to play with UCK (the Ubuntu Customization Kit) to remix the Edubuntu flavor of Ubuntu we use at school. In it’s default configuration it’s quite capable, but is missing some decent multimedia software.
UCK was super simple to use.. once I got past a few dependency issues. Essentially, it would fail to write certain files midway through the process and die. To solve this I first installed UCK from the main ubuntu repositories, satisfying any dependencies and then downloaded the current version from the Sourceforge page. From there it was a pretty simple matter to re-arrange files, remove unnecessary software and language packs and put in the stuff I did want.
All in all I was able to pull the size down to just 2.2GB – and still support the main languages represented at our school: English, Korean and Khmer. While it’s probably not fully localized, it will hopefully provide a more friendly environment for non native English speakers.
This is only the first, quick version. There are a few, key pieces of software that I’d like to get on there. Even so, it’s a pretty neat start!