For the last six years, my main workstation has consisted of a pen drive running the Debian Live images with a persistent partition. The images were simple, brilliant and reliable, and the online web builder for images was perfect for my use.
Recently I was looking to update my core system and discovered that Debian Live has undergone an "abrupt end." Both that article and other mails mention alternatives; some imply that
live.debian.net is still active, but it just redirects to the main Debian wiki, which in turn only refers to the official CD images. Another article mentions that
vmdebootstrap is being updated to be the replacement for
live-build and other Debian Live tools, but I can't find any useful documentation on that either. And no one seems to be running a web image builder any more.
Can someone point me to alternatives? In an ideal world, there would be some straightforward workflow to produce custom images similar to those that Debian Live used to make possible, and with the kernel options that it supported (some of which are very useful in a persistent USB situation). Is that possible in Debian any more? Can someone point me to a sequence of steps for that?