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Old 06-24-2010, 11:37 PM   #1
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Creating own linux


Okay, I'm both experienced linux user and complete newbie. I just wanted to know if its possible to have a completely self built computer using only the kernel and a desktop environment, and compiling all the other programs I wish to use.
 
Old 06-24-2010, 11:52 PM   #2
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Try giving http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/ a look.
 
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:38 AM   #3
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I don't mean LFS. What I mean is could use a computer with only the kernel and a desktop, no other programs until i compile them for it?
 
Old 06-25-2010, 02:54 AM   #4
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I don't mean LFS. What I mean is could use a computer with only the kernel and a desktop, no other programs until i compile them for it?
If you want to run your desktop then you will need lots of other packages and libraries. To run your Desktop as a standalone program you will need to compile the whole Desktop as a static binary (I think its practically impossible). I think you must try LFS first then you will have a complete idea of Operating system files, library etc.
 
Old 06-25-2010, 02:59 AM   #5
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You can try Arch Linux, and see the following link too:
http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/...y#User-centric
 
Old 06-25-2010, 07:35 AM   #6
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... could use a computer with only the kernel and a desktop,
no other programs until i compile them for it.
It is the other way round : A typical Desktop has up to 600
dependencies + all X . Check with any Linux.
Example : # yum remove gtk* xorg*
And you will be asked if you want to remove all the 600
packages, that depend on gtk, etc. etc.
..

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Old 06-25-2010, 08:30 AM   #7
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Many package are needed for run a application. So for desktop as well but if you want a fast linux with only desktop a similar sort of small application and other packages installed on the need basic, you can go for puppy linux and other similar distro.

Thanks
 
Old 06-25-2010, 08:38 AM   #8
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Okay, I'm both experienced linux user and complete newbie. I just wanted to know if its possible to have a completely self built computer using only the kernel and a desktop environment, and compiling all the other programs I wish to use.

Not sure what you mean but if you want simplicity and a minimal linux have a look at tinycorelinux
http://tinycorelinux.com/concepts.html


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Old 06-25-2010, 04:15 PM   #9
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I am pretty sure LFS was the correct answer. If you wish you could look at how one builds a Gentoo system.

http://www.gentoo.org/main/en/about.xml
 
  


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