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LFS is a project that provides you with the steps necessary to build your own custom Linux system.
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Hi all. I am fairly new to Linux having tried several distrobutions to see which one I like best and get my feet wet.
I just started trying Linux From Scratch. I am doing this as a learning tool, because my past experience has showed me that you are not going to get far with Linux unless you know how to do some things for yourself. An operating system that does much of the work for you does not teach you how to get to the heart of Linux if something goes wrong. I figure this would be a good way to learn Linux.
Any pointers, tips, or sites or potential pitfalls that I should know or look into would be very much appreciated. Thanks you.
First Pointer. Read documentation! From your post I can tell you didnt even read this sites. Your topic should be something more appropriate like "Help a newbie pick a distro!" So people know before they click. Otherwise they might not bother to help at all.
Ps. Try Suse or Mandrake. Mandrake has iso's for download. Suse has ftp install. Both are user friendly and software loaded, and also good at supporting hardware with special features like ACPI and APM.
Caeda: I do not think he wants to use those distros. It says in his post that he has already tried several distros and now wants to get into learning the internals of the operating system setup.
Karnevil9: The main thing I would say is to stick to the book, for at least the first build. Any subtle variance may break something later down the chain, and if you are unsure why it has broken you might have to start again - which is incredibly dull and time-consuming. You leave ruining your install until after you think you are comfortable with your fresh built system. Also, make sure to have a look at the BLFS book and the Hints, once you complete the LFS book.
I'm sorry I did not make myself more clear. As cjcuk stated, I've already tried several distro's. Red hat 9, Mandrake 9.1 and 9.2, Knoppix, Fedora Yarrow, SuSe live eval, Vector, Libranet 2.7 (which I like and presently use as my working Linux distro, and Debian, Though I never got that one up and running fully, and that's when I realized for "me" to learn how to navigate through Linux I need to start from the basics. There have been other distor's that I've tried but I pretty much got them installed before knowing these weren't for me or they had two many issues so I just got rid of them. I decided I wanted a system that I need to build, to be able to play with and to learn what I am doing and how to do it, then I can apply that to other systems. It seemed to me that LFS would meet that criteria. I have an older P II PC with 256 mb ram and a six gig hardrive that I am going to use soley as my LFS computer. I have a LFS 4.0 CD that I am using., and right now I am using the Linux from Scratch website as a guide. I am just looking for any pointers, suggestions or tips that have been helpful to those who have treaded this path before me.