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How to get a colibri

We are going to describe how to go from a minimal standard installation to a complete remasterable system using addaura scripts.

This procedure work on Arch rolling, Debian (buster, bullseye, bookworm), Devuan (chimaera and daedalus) and Ubuntu (bionic, focal and jammy).


I started with latest version of archiso: archlinux-2023.09.01-x86_64.iso.

Then, used archinstall to get a minimal installation. On Disk configuration choose Use a best-effort default configuration layout, then btrfs or ext4, as you prefer.

Among the packages I added: git, lsb-release, others packages will be installed later by addaura.

At this point, we MUST configure network, I just choose the most basic: Copy ISO configuration to installation.

Finally select install and wait it finish. Archinstall will propose you to chroot to continue configuration, answer no and reboot.


On Debian and Devuan we start with a common netinst, without install nothing except standard system utilies

standard system utilies

When the installation finish, reboot the system.

After reboot, we now must install git and sudo. Log on your installed system, and:

  • su
  • apt install git sudo
  • /usr/sbin/adduser artisan sudo

We can now logout, and we are ready to the next step.

The procedure its about the same on Devuan.

On Ubuntu, we install with the server edition, again without install nothing except the minimal base. Here, at the end of installation I use to remove package cloud-init we are not interested on.

After reboot, we need just to install git to be ready: sudo apt install git.

Get and run addaura (all)

  • git clone
  • cd addaura
  • sudo ./

That will happen

eggs will be installed and configured properly for the chosen distribution.

Arch will install few packages bash-completion, dialog, man-db, nano, openssh and wget and will add AUR repository to pacman.conf.

Then will install penguins-eggs.

Debian/Devuan and Ubuntu will install new ppa for penguins-eggs, then will install eggs and its dependencies.

Get wardrobe and wear a costume (all)

Once eggs was installed, I proceeded to load the wardrobe and "dress" the system with the colibri costume.

  • eggs wardrobe get
  • sudo eggs wardrobe wear colibri At this point after rebooting, I found myself in the colibri graphical system.

Installing calamares

We can install calamares with the command: sudo eggs calamares --install.


After that, we can clean cached packages with command: sudo eggs tools clean.

Remastering our custom system

Well, we are ready to remaster the system, just a little reconfiguration and cleaning before:

  • sudo eggs dad -d
  • sudo eggs tools clean
  • sudo eggs produce --max --addons adapt

That's all folks!




These videos were made simply using kazam on a window, live, no audio or editing, I would need help preparing something more professional.