I would like to create a customized Linux Mint Live DVD following one of the many guides online. Initially, this is intended to be used by my students only, but eventually I would like to make my customizations available to others, as well.

So, according to this tutorial on linuxmint.com I need to...

... remove all Mint artwork, branding, and other identity elements; [...] The Mint name and identity elements are trademarked and copyrighted. Unless you have approval from Clement Lefebvre and your customized ISO has passed Mint QA team's testing, you can't use those.

Unfortunately, however, that tutorial doesn't go into any details as to what elements exactly that encompasses. And I really don't want to infringe any copyrights.

So, is there a list somewhere that describes the "Mint artwork, branding, and other identity elements" that need to be removed? Are these elements stored in a specific directory?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

closed as primarily opinion-based by Rui F Ribeiro, slm Aug 18 '18 at 20:13

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • (1) What part of Linux Mint (artwork, branding, and other identity elements) is trademarked?  Arguably, such a question would be on-topic on Law.SE, but it’s clearly computer-related and a matter of objective fact (i.e., not-opinion based).  (2) What are the steps to delete all the information covered by question 1?  (What files are they in?)  I believe that this is obviously, trivially objective and not-opinion based. … … … What part of this is primarily opinion-based? Did y’all read the title and skip straight to the “close” button? – Scott Aug 18 '18 at 22:23
  • 1) Find the packages which contain this copyrighted material, and 2) substitute them with yours. At start, best if you create these packages, which replace the mint packages. Then you can create your own package repo. Then you can rebuild the installer using this repo. – peterh Aug 19 '18 at 4:06
  • Like @Scott (thanks for the reply) I do not see, how anyone could classify this question as opinion-based? I'm not asking anyone to utter an opinion as to what exactly I need to do to remove all Mint identity elements. Quite on the contrary: I definitely wouldn't want to hear an opinion, I'm rather interested in factual information. Whether this information can easily be found, is another question, but I wouldn't have posed my question here, had I been able to locate the information online. – Marcus C. Aug 19 '18 at 8:11
  • Thanks, @peterh, for your reply. Unfortunately, this doesn't help me much: The problem is exactly point 1 ("find the packages"): Which packages (and files) exactly need to be substituted? – Marcus C. Aug 19 '18 at 8:14
  • @MarcusC. The Mint repository looks on this way: 1) it uses mainly the Ubuntu repo 2) there is also a Mint package repository which contains the mint-only packages. Some packages of the Mint repo are modified version of the Ubuntu packages, others are Mint-specific. The second group is interesting for you. | Note bene, after ***g too much with Cinnamon I said it is enough and now I am using ratpoison. – peterh Aug 19 '18 at 8:35