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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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You really managed to do it? wow... I tried to do it 6 times before actually going for a partition redefine on my HDD for real disk space allocation... it said didn't recognized my virtual PCI devices, hanged several times during kernel loading and it was only KNOPPIX, not LFS... so I did quit my attemps to try it virtually
VMware is very easy to use, at least I know that it works great for me. All I do is tell it to create a new virtual machine. Then it goes through, and if you leave the default settings for the machine then that is usually good enough to get your system running at the least. It will create a "virtual partition" and when you are installing the OS in VMware just tell it to format the partition automatically and it won't mess with your hdd, it will only mess with your virtual partition.
I found the idea of compiling an LFS system within VMware to be pretty interesting (but not necessarily 'good').
I've never had any troubles installing Slack to a virtual machine, though I usually change the virtual disk to IDE rather than SCSI. However, I couldn't get LFS to compile in the virtual machine. It always gives me too many errors during the first glibc compile.
Oh well, I've found a new pet project: I'm building LFS on an old box I rescued from the thrift store. It's got dual Pentium 90 MHz CPUs and 64 MB RAM. Seems like it'll be a pretty long process. I'm about four days into the build and right now I'm compiling GCC in chapter 6. I didn't time my SBU, but it was about an hour.
Hmm, I don't recall any point in the build process where I could 'tell it to format the partition automatically' :-)
Oh, yeah I guess your earlier response would have made more sense to me if I knew that you could only compile your own version of Linux from LFS only after installing LFS itself. I thought that you could go through a big list and choose what you wanted etc, download that and then configure it using config files.
Oh, and for the "format automatically" option doesn't appear in all distros of Linux, but for some like SuSE and Redhat, when you are installing linux, there is an option that says something like "format all drives and configure automatically" and I was just saying that when you are doing that within VMware then you don't have to worry about it messing up your actual hard drive. It will only mess with your virtual partition.