The French version was originally written for linuxembedded.fr : Crée un CD d’installation d’une debian spécialisée.
The goal is to build a debian install CD suitable for the distribution of a complete system including the operating system and applications.
Debian already has a tool for that purpose: simple-cdd. Simple-cdd is a set of scripts wrapping debian-cd which is the tool used to build official CDs.
In our case, we will include some “non-free” packages (firmwares for instance) and application specific packages in the system.