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NHSbuntu - ubuntu-defaults-image

Builds ISO of an Ubuntu (/flavor) from a defaults package. This version has added support for repos hosted on and multiple extra packages.

Based on ubuntu-defaults-builder by Martin Pitt.

Getting started

Basic usage follows the manpage for the source package. Here's an example using the NHSbuntu PPA and defaults settings package.

./ubuntu-defaults-image --ppa nhsbuntu/ppa --release xenial --flavor ubuntu-gnome --package nhsbuntu-default-settings

Specify a repository on with --repo organisation/reponame

./ubuntu-defaults-image --repo nhsbuntu/nhsbuntu-default-settings --release xenial --flavor ubuntu-gnome --package nhsbuntu-default-settings

Specify additional PPAs with --ppa name/ppa

./ubuntu-defaults-image --repo nhsbuntu/nhsbuntu-default-settings --release xenial --flavor ubuntu-gnome --package nhsbuntu-default-settings --ppa libreoffice/ppa

Specify additional packages --xpackage packagename

./ubuntu-defaults-image --repo nhsbuntu/nhsbuntu-default-settings --release xenial --flavor ubuntu-gnome --package nhsbuntu-default-settings --ppa libreoffice/ppa --xpackage libreoffice-style-breeze

Create NHSbuntu ISOs - command line

Included is the NHSbuntu build helper, a wrapper for ubuntu-defaults-image. You can use this script to create the NHSbuntu ISOs for yourself. It is the same script used by Travis CI to automagically create the NHSbuntu ISOs.


To create 64bit ISO

sudo -E BUILDARCH=amd64 ./

To create 32bit ISO

sudo -E BUILDARCH=i386 ./

Our patch to live-build

The helper script patches the live-build configuration file lb_binary_disk to use the variable $LB_ISO_VOLUME for .disk/info during the finalisation of the ISO images.

Create NHSbuntu ISOs - Dockerised

You can use our Docker container to build NHSbuntu ISOs.

docker pull nhsbuntu/ubuntu-defaults-image:latest
docker run --env BUILDARCH=amd64 --rm -it -v `pwd`:`pwd` -w `pwd` --name buildamd64 --privileged nhsbuntu/ubuntu-defaults-image /bin/bash -c "./"
docker run --env BUILDARCH=i386 --rm -it -v `pwd`:`pwd` -w `pwd` --name buildi386 --privileged nhsbuntu/ubuntu-defaults-image /bin/bash -c "./"

Travis CI Build Status

In the small hours of the morning Travis gets busy building NHSbuntu ISOs for us.


  • Rob Dyke - added support for and extra packages.


This project is licensed under the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE v3. See the LICENSE file for details.