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LFS 6.0
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12 34860 12-03-2007
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Description: Customised Distro, built from scratch with 2.6 kernel support
Keywords: LFS linux from scratch review


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Old 01-08-2005, 01:51 PM   #1
masand
 
Registered: May 2003
Distribution: Ubuntu, Solaris,CentOS
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 9

Pros: improved details for insatallation
Cons: installation not easy for newbies



I tried my hand on LFS 4.0 but could be succesfull
then came LFS 5.1 and LFS 6.0

i got packages for LFS 6.0 and started working on it
presently i am buildng the packages and i have surpassed my last build stage and i have faced no problems till now except those which were due to my mistake

It is a great learning experience and i hoping to work ahead with BLFS

 
Old 02-28-2005, 09:13 PM   #2
jjasghar
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Distribution: CRUX, LFS
Posts: 11

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10

Pros: its like going to linux boot camp
Cons: takes a long time


i couldnt belive the time that lfs booted for the first time. if you have so time....ok a lot of time and curiousity on how linux is actually put together this is the distro for you. i am actually on it right now and couldn't be happier.

simply said "if you have the time do it"

(i did blfs too)
 
Old 03-13-2005, 07:18 PM   #3
62chevy
 
Registered: Mar 2002
Distribution: Debian Squeeze - Sid
Posts: 281

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 10

Pros: Just what you want and nothing else.
Cons: long install time with out nALFS


Took 6.5 hours using nALFS to get up and running and surfing the net with lynx. Then 2 more days for X WindowMaker and Mozilla. Truthfully thou nALFS has poor docs and I spend 2 days getting it to work.

This is my 4th lfs system ( 2.4.4 3.1 4.1 6.0 ) . I've tried Mandrak, Slackware and Gentoo but always come back to my bare bones but fast and just what I want lfs system.

You should atleast do one lfs system by hand before using nALFS to learn how the system works.

Think of this situation I installed Slackware because my old lfs was out dated and didn't want to take the time for a new install. It took me 'one month' to get my CDR working under root but worked just fine as a user in lfs. go figure!

Taste Great! Less Filling!
 
Old 05-17-2005, 05:13 AM   #4
chakkaradeepcc
 
Registered: Mar 2005
Posts: 44

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: D/L | Rating: 9

Pros: Excellent - Ready to understand how linux works?...go for LFS!
Cons: hmm...still thinking..may b will encounter in the future....if that so...will inform u... :-)


Hi Everybdy,

i started LFS 6.0 and have completed successfully. I did learn many things and got to know how linux works....

am happy to see a prompt at the GRUB which will take me into my linux... :-) ...

i had the packages downloaded from the lfs repository itself and used Fedora Core-3 as my host distribution. Nothing went wrong until i booted my LFS...it threw an error in the fsck of the root partition before mounting while booting and when asked to lfs team,they said it is a problem with the host and upgrading th lfs e2fsprogs to a later version would solve this error.....

well people had mentioned that it takes a long time...but just think guys...u r building an operating system.....just think what all it has to meet if it has to be a GUD OS!...my machine is i686 architecture with AMD Sempron 2400+ and 256 MB DDR RAM...my review is, only the Toolchain took long time and nothing else.....and it is obvious that Toolchain will take time..becoz that sets ur system up along with the Kernel....

people ready for learning linux can also build LFS but they have to see that they know the basic linux commands and other stuff....

overall,LFS can form a base for a distro too and u can bring in ur ideas later and optimize or enhance LFS to hold ur key points....

i also, like many, built LFS 4 times!....4th time i succeeded..hats of to LFS team and i have to thanks especially the LFS mailing lists and LFS Forums at www.linuxquestions.org/questions
they helped me a lot...thanks friendz...

happy building...meet u soon in BLFS news...

with regards,
C.C.Chakkaradeep
 
Old 11-04-2005, 07:52 AM   #5
kirtimaan_bkn
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Distribution: Various Distros
Posts: 203

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10

Pros: Helps in learning how linux works and why a package is required
Cons: takes a long time to get first LFS


I have tried LFS6.1 first time. I found some hints on LFS site which i would like to recommend a reading first. Because after reading those, I got some good knowledge of how to build LFS (for example how-to-install-lfs-fromlivecd).

I have tried Mandrake, RHL9, Suse9.1, Fedora. and found LFS fast!

I did my LFS in 3 days (of course in installments). and then started BLFS. But I found that there is no LIVECD or a single download file for all required files for a BLFS system, So that I have to wait till I get a broadband connection. :(



 
Old 01-16-2006, 01:33 AM   #6
tank39133
 
Registered: Dec 2005
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Pros: Excellent to help you understand how to build a linux
Cons: long time for first installation


It cost my nearly 3 weeks to finish the first installation. First, I started it from Fedora 4, and LFS 6.0 will be failed in gcc 4.0. It takes me a long time to find this. Then, I reinstall it under Fedora 3, it goes well.
 
Old 04-28-2006, 06:22 AM   #7
schatoor
 
Registered: Jul 2002
Distribution: SuSE, debian, slackware, lfs
Posts: 1,358

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: You get exactly what you want
Cons: takes atleast a couple of days to get a functional desktop


I first installed LFS 5.0 and loved it. After a while, I moved to another disro (I do this every couple of months) but I never got a satisfied with any of 'm, until I moved back to LFS with version 6.0
The only REAL con is that it takes a really long time to get a completly functional desktop. You get get the system to boot in a couple of hours (+/- 10 on a 900 MHz box), but after that you still have ALOT to do. Get your network running, securing your box, get x.org/xfree installed, get sound working, etc, etc... If you work like full time on this, you should be able to do this in a couple of days. But here is assume you have no profesional/social live. Any sane person with a job/school/friends will need atleast two weeks.
Another disatvantage you have is that you have to install every piece of software from source. And upgrading is a b*tch
 
Old 07-05-2006, 02:48 AM   #8
thloh85
 
Registered: Apr 2006
Distribution: BLFS customized
Posts: 160

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: Learn how linux works, makes your OWN linux configuration (TOTAL customization)
Cons: Hard for newbies... Takes a LONG time(Read on, It doesn't really take that long)


LFS is a system where you actually "make" your own linux from source code (and a distro of linux of course)<br>
If you really wants to know how linux works, try this...(for programmers, you should really try this).It gives you TOTAL power of customization , from startup to shutdown<br>
Although it is VERY EASY to follow EXACTLY the book... If you wants to learn things... You rarely follows it... It is rather as a guide to you(at least to me).. BUT by NOT following the book... You would probrably end up more time on why the system works that way than "making your system"<br>
In short... If you want to learn LINUX try this and make YOUR OWN WAY!!! <b>DON'T FOLLOW EXACTLY WHAT THE BOOK SAYS</b>
 
Old 05-14-2007, 05:27 AM   #9
Cluracan
 
Registered: May 2007
Distribution: Gentoo, LFS, Slackware, (K)ubuntu
Posts: 18

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Linux your way
Cons: Takes time to build (but it's worth it!)


My first go through the book got me my (admittedly limited LFS-only) system in about two days, with a kernel, a static IP, and a limited set of console utilities. Then went on to BLFS, and another two or three days later, I had a system with DHCPCD, PCI utils, USB utils, X, a window manager and a full suite of apps including Firefox, Xchat, GAIM, GIMP, etc. OpenOffice added (effectively) another day to the total. But at the end of it all, I had a system that had only what I wanted, and I knew what was on it (and sometimes just as important, what's not). I also knew where all the configuration files were, and how they were configured.
 
Old 08-27-2007, 08:57 AM   #10
adityakrishnan
 
Registered: Jun 2006
Posts: 15

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Teaches you Linux like nothing else
Cons: Takes time.


It took me almost a monthn t get everything right with LFS 6.0. But was worth it. My understanding of an OS is amazing now.

Worth a try. Its better if one would take it up after some exposure to linux. If a n00b jumps to it immediately it can be a scary experience. That how I felt when i id it. Hence it took me a month.

Cheers.
 
Old 09-06-2007, 10:07 AM   #11
Bariton
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: (B)LFS 6.2.0
Posts: 42

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Pros: Makes endless fun and a very personalized OS
Cons: Takes time :)


Off course it needs time to compile all the things, but I really like it when the computer is translating source code to programs :)

It's in every case worth the trouble !!!
 
Old 12-03-2007, 11:31 PM   #12
exvor
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Distribution: LFS-Version SVN-20091202, Arch 2009.08
Posts: 1,496

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Pros: Customized and optimised for your hardware
Cons: Can be long build time and difficult for newbies


The time to build a LFS system has dropped considerably from the previous versions. I have build a system under 4 5 and now 6. Before you had to write all of the boot scripts and other scripts now they let you use a package to get them all on there. I personally would like to see them still have instructions on how to write your own.

Some things to note:

Building from the live cd is the most recommended way as it will give you the least of issues.

Configuration of your system may take longer then you expected to get some more advanced things working.

Building QT or Gnome is a bit of a challenge with LFS QT likes to fail to compile for strange reasons. Gnome is a dependency hell and a half. Seeing as I don't use either one of them its not that big of a problem and others have had better luck.

Other issues and most of the ones noted above stem from BLFS and not LFS so they don't influence my rating. Some times you have outdated packages and need access to the internet to grab patches that are required. Also BLFS does not seem to stay updeated as much as LFS. An example is LFS's use of gcc4 and packages in BLFS that need paches to get compiled with that version of gcc that are not mentioned on the BLFS page. However BLFS does try and stay in line with what is given to you.

Another issue worth a mention is the over use of scripting needed to do simple things such as setting up paths and library locations. Some people may enjoy this and not mind so much others will find it unnecessary and ugly. I happen to be one of them that finds it ugly at times and have gone on my own and modified it. Most will find that after building 1 or 2 of these systems you start to verge off on your own and change things so its not all that bad and they make a great effort to foresee issues.


If this sounds like a bad review its not its just pointing out the possible pitfalls or dislikes that you may come across all in all its a excellent way to build a custom system I have yet to find something that I like better and more stable or secure.
 




  



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