So, I am trying to create my own Linux distro based off of Ubuntu (called "Cubuntu" and pronounced "Chew-buntu") and I was wondering if I could create my own GUI or desktop environment for cheap or free.

closed as too broad by Scott, mosvy, Stephen Harris, terdon Jul 6 at 23:42

Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • weird question to ask... how are we suppose to know of you can? heck you don't even list what kind of languages you can code in. Short version: others have so ... I assume the answer is yes. Need to be proficient in coding though. – Rinzwind Jul 6 at 22:19
  • 1
    Of course you can; you just take the latest debian and distribute it under your "chubuntu" name ;-) – mosvy Jul 6 at 22:20
  • 2
    If you have to go to a forum to ask this, then no. On a brighter note, you can learn to customize any Ubuntu and release your CodyKishubuntu, it will look different, but be the same. Rather ask yourself what you want to be different. maybe Gnome can be easily adapted to meet this need. – Quora Feans Jul 6 at 22:34
  • 1
    I don't understand the part about "normal person". – WinEunuuchs2Unix Jul 6 at 22:51

Yes you can take an existing Linux distro, modify it, work out the bugs, then even publish your modifications, all for free. It'll cost you time of course, but in exchange you'll learn a lot.

See also:

  • 1
    Thank you for the answer. I didn't think I would get one so quickly, especially with all of the people saying it's too broad. – Cody Kish Jul 6 at 23:45
  • Re "all of the people saying...": see CIII. THE ART OF DISCOURAGEMENT. – agc Jul 7 at 13:24
  • I just got to looking at those links. I didn't look at LFS yet, though. I meant customize the dock or taskbar to look just right and design the border around open windows. I would also like to create my own menu, like the windows start menu. – Cody Kish Jul 15 at 3:27

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.