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Make a Linux Live CD from your installed System

You installed a Linux Distro on your computer, then installed many Applications and Games, then customized it to your Heart's content. But one day suddenly you did something wrong, like accidentally removed the core packages, or messed up the settings. Now what? You will have to reinstall your system, then install all those Applications again and tweak the settings.
Or consider this, your friend wants to install Linux in his computer along with all those apps you have installed. But he has never used Linux and hence you have do everything for him.

Won't it would be easer if you could just make a live CD of your system and use it for the above purposes? Thank god, if you use Ubuntu, Linux Mint or any Debian based Distro, you are lucky. With a simple to use tool called Remastersys, you can do it easily.
To install Remastersys in Ubuntu/Linux Mint, first add the Remastersys repository by editing the sources.list and adding the following lines,
For Distros with Grub 2.0.12-1 and up (e.g- Ubuntu Hardy)
# Remastersys
deb http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/repository ubuntu/
For Distros with Grub2 2.0.13-1 and up (e.g.- Ubuntu Karmic, Lucid and Newer, Linux Mint Helena, Isadora)
# Remastersys
deb http://www.geekconnection.org/remastersys/repository karmic/
To edit the sources.list, fire up the terminal and type,
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
after adding the repositories, enter the following command in terminal,
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install remastersys
Now the it will appear under Menu>Administration. The GUI is very simple to use with all options listed. You can either backup your system including all data or make redistributable Live CD.
You can also use it from Terminal.
To make a redistributable Live CD,
sudo remastersys dist
To make a Live CD with all your data,
sudo remastersys backup
For more help with remastersys, use,
remastersys --help
man remastersys
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Remastersys a free Opensource Software released under the GNU GPL V2 Licensce. You can find the source here. If you wish, you can modify the core settings before making a distro and use remastersys to make your own customized Linux distro.