I recently tried out Linux From Scratch. Mr. Beekman has written an EXCELLENT book. It walks you through each and every step. Explains exactly what to type. ALSO, explains what each package does, and what each program inside the package does. I have learned so much about Linux that I'm amazed. And you won't believe how much faster your PC will boot !!! It only took me about 12 hours on a PII-350 (your mileage may vary). In ONE weekend I had an LFS system up, with XF86 4.2, and Windowmaker.
If you're curious (or just want to teach yourself Linux), I can't think of a better way.
See the 4.0 book at linuxfromscratch.org
The LFS server is looking for a new home, so the mirrors are doing the serving right now.
TRY IT OUT !!