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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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Old 09-15-2005, 05:55 PM   #1
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i dont know what to call this

When I create my own Linux system from scratch, what exactly will I be doing? I think it probably means I will use the Linux kernel, but what else? How is this different from a system like Gentoo where everything is configured? Then what software will I use if I am already using the Linux kernel, and it is my own distribution? Is programming required? I am not that advanced in programming yet. I have looked some at the FAQ and website. It said everything can be audit that is all installed from source. I would like to get started with LFS, but I do not know enough about it yet. Thanks for any information.
Old 09-15-2005, 06:34 PM   #2
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LFS is a source installation. The base system is the basic stuff you'd find in any linux system. You compile the source as you go along. There is not inherent need of programming skills but it may help. My understanding is that it is similar to a source based install of gentoo. you will have bash/linux/binutils/gcc/<etc.> at your disposal. As far as I know, it is not possible to install LFS from WIndows, I believe you need a linux environment
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Basically, aprt from the base packages necessary to install any Linux system, you get to decide what goes in. Don't want KDE? Fine it isn't there. Dislike Firefox? You don't install it.

You can add Portage to a Fedora based system or use just the source. It's really a learning tool, but on the way you can build a system that has everything you do like and nothing you don't like.
Old 09-15-2005, 08:06 PM   #4
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So it is really nothing special that Gentoo does not have or maybe some others.
Old 09-15-2005, 09:56 PM   #5
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LFS is a bare bones this I mean you build LFS and boot it up to a $BASH have Gcc, the Glibc libraries, the Vim editor, Perl and other basic programs........YOU get to decide where to go from there........if you want to install the X-server -do it, if not don't. you can make LFS into a hardware firewall/Router if you want OR a headless Apache server........the LFS motto is Your Distro, Your get to build a linux system that you want.......Read the Beyond LFS book and get some Ideas how to proceed after doing the LFS build........


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