Tools: Edit, Add, Or Delete Disk Image File Content

The way most of us install the Linux operating system, is to first download the disk image file or .iso, of the desired system and then burn it to a CD, DVD, or thumb drive. We then use the media we’ve created, to install the operating system.

But what if, in that process, you would like to add your own collection of Linux packages to the disk. This is especially useful if you are installing on a system that does not have network access.

If you have this requirement, then head to your Package Manager and do a search for isomaster.

Package Manager, installing isomaster

Package Manager, installing isomaster

Once installed, you can launch the program ISO Master from your Menu.

ISO Master

ISO Master

In the above example, I have opened the disk image for the Tiny Core Linux distribution.  It’s a wonderful, very compact distro that is fun to play with, and I find it useful for some of my home made embedded controllers.

Tiny Core will work great on the machine I plan to put it on, but I wanted to include on the installation disk, the drivers I need for my Cannon laser printer.

Using ISO Master, I can easily add that driver to the .iso image, and once added, I can then burn and have a disk with everything I need in one place. Handy for doing installs when no internet is available.

Adding printer drivers to a previously downloaded disk image file.

Adding printer drivers to a previously downloaded disk image file.

After you have finished adding, deleting, or otherwise customizing your disk image, you can then save it to your hard drive, and use your favorite disk burning tool to create the install disk.