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I just installed Debian 5 (Lenny) off downloaded DVDs and all is working.
In the past, I tried installing off CDs and the servers were too slow
for any updates I needed. I looked at the live CDs of Fedora 11,
Suse 11, Open Solaris, Mandriva 1 2009, and Mint 6. Debian blew them all away;
although I'm doing things more manually,
I finally feel I have an OS that will keep me intrigued for a while.........
Does LFS have some sort of automatic dependency resolution?
I don't know. As I remember LFS just got you to the command line. I think that the GUIs might hve been part of BLFS (Beyond). After I got it running, I deleted it and came right back to Debian.
Like I said, I started out on Debian and thought that building LFS would teach me more about Linux. I learned a lot but it was very time consuming and at times frustrating. Turned into a challenge: me vs. LFS.
My cpu was a 1.2 GHz Duron so compilation took a long time.
ok thanks norobro
whenever I should be really interested in LFS (or similar), I'll just do research by myself; right now i'm not into spending more time with setting up Linux than I do with Gentoo Linux. What you are telling sounds like an automation script, I think I read something like that on the homepage. I have a 3.4 Ghz dual core and an up-and-running Gentoo Linux system, so I can guess what you mean by "compilation took a long time" still, LFS will be tempting for me when I'll have the time and disk space for it