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Are there any tutorials or books which can help you get started creating a Linux distribution? I can't really find any on the Internet.

The distribution doesn't need to have a GUI.

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Isn't this task sufficiently programming related to fit here too ? – krosenvold Sep 6 '09 at 14:31
just out of curiosity: why would you want to do that? – o0'. May 7 '10 at 9:36
Make sure you understand the difference between a "new linux distro" and a "custom linux distro, based on an existing one". Usually the second one suffices. – geek May 7 '10 at 11:04

Check out these sites:

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Thanks, these are great! – rightfold Sep 6 '09 at 14:26
Particularly Linux From Scratch - the whole point of the site is a tutorial on building a Linux installation manually. – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells Sep 6 '09 at 17:29

Well, you should start by mastering Linux From Scratch.

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You can spin off Ubuntu using Ubuntu Customization Kit. If you want a RPM based distro, you can also try SUSE Studio

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You should take a look to openembedded 2 or to buildroot. If you need simpler things, buildroot is great! But if you need more sophisticate things you should use OE2 (it supports natively packages, glibc and more stuff). While buildroot is intended to create rootfs for embedded devices OE2 can be used to build a lot more stuff because it's really flexible!

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SUSE Studio - Build an appliance — or your own custom Linux distro — with a few mouse clicks. Customize it to your heart's content, and share it with the world!

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