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I couldn't agree more with the "more than an excellent teaching tool" description of the lfs book. A month or two ago, i had installed redhat 7.3, and expected to have a system which was extremely stable, and with applications comparable to those provided with windows (as well as much more, such as server capabilities). I soon found that many of the programs either did not work, or were too complicated to use with my limited experience working in a console based environment. The gui configuration tools didn't do their job, I couldn't connect to the box from another computer, and I found that the system ran extremely slow because of all the applications that were installed (90% of which i would NEVER use). Then I found LFS.....
I now have a pretty clear understanding of how my box works. This includes configuration of the system via text-file manipulation, ability to pick and choose programs which i would like to use (installing them through compiling from source), and have the ability to utalize what I came to realize IS a much more powerfull, flexable operating system. My LFS system runs fast and stable (crashed ONE time when i tried out XINE), and nothing goes on behind the scenes that I don't know about (which was actually one of my main reasons for switching to linux)
OK, enough with the cheese....
Some of the features of MY linux distro:
Xfree86 w/ fluxbox as a window manager (I tried out KDE and GNOME, both of which i dislike)
***plus gkrellm... cool system monitor
Pine - console e-mail reader
Sylpheed - gui e-mail reader (mostly for bragging-rights with windows friends)
vim, emacs, open office
lynx, mozilla, midnight commander, limewire
Gimp, XMMS, Mplayer, Xcdroast
(wine too, but that sucks at the moment)
As for games, I only have gnuchess and Xboard at the moment... i'm not really a gamer though.
The Server side of my stem goes as follows:
SSH, FTP, SAMBA servers
I am currently setting up masquerading (routing) so that i can share the net access w/ my crappy old-school laptop.
I am also working on creating a bootable lfs on cd, as well as writing bash scripts to automatically install lfs (and basically everything i have on my system) with out needing a base system.
ok, well there it is. These programs are by no means all that i have installed... only the ones that have passed my test which calls for a reliable, useable, fast and free program.
The only downside to all this.... it's freak'n addicting!!! There's so much stuff you can do, that it is hard to stay away from the keyboard!!!
he he he, Adam, I ran into a brickwall during Gawk and others. It was a 'not found /usr/bin/ginstall' problem. I headed over to the mail list and found some others with a similar issue, but couldn't use their fix since I didn't have install installed. It's part of fileutils package I believe. So I went back to chap 5 and re did the fileutils install, thinking maybe it didn't go right, but it finished fine, and so I chrooted back, and still, no /usr/bin/install. So I gave up for a week, gonna return this weekend to give it another shot, gonna start from scratch again. I will definitely be using your awesome Chap 5 installer again!
Anyway, just figured since I didn't wanna be one of those 'if anyone posted anything' people, I'd give an update here.
How's this for success, installed LFS 3.3 and am still using it for all computer related activites besides gaming, and will continue to use it. Boots up in 13 seconds to logon prompt, and it is simply the best distro I have used.