As you may know, I've been remixing Fedora for several years for my own personal use... called MontanaLinux. I've also been remixing CentOS and Scientific Linux and thought I'd write a little bit about it.
The main reason I created the EL7 remixes is because I have a few older HP Proliant servers at work that have the CCISS Raid Controller and Red Hat dropped support for those in RHEL 7. Also, I originally included both GNOME and KDE as part of it but have since decided to make it leaner by switching to XFCE 4.12 that is available in EPEL... and of course it includes all of the available updates as of build time.
I make two flavors:
- Minimal - Just the basic XFCE with no desktop applications. This is pretty close to the CentOS minimal install except with X11 and bare bones XFCE. It weights in under 550MB.
- Full - XFCE with Firefox, LibreOffice, GIMP, Inkscape and a handful of useful tools like gParted, nwipe, rdiff-backup, etc. This weights in under 900MB.
Here are two short screencasts in webm (vp9/opus) format. The first shows the minimal install and the second one shows the full. While I'm not trying to provide a primer of the Anaconda installer, I do rush through it both times and show you post install first boot.
MontanaLinux-CentOS-7-Minimal-20160617.webm (8 minutes, 7.1 MB)
MontanaLinux-CentOS-7-Full-20160617.webm (5 minutes, 4.4 MB)
If anyone is interested in downloading my remix or building it themselves just email me and I'll be happy to provide the needed details. Luckily livecd-tools with livecd-creator makes it not only possible to make your own spin / remix... but fairly easy if you aren't scared of some command line. Enjoy!