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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 02-24-2007, 06:02 AM   #1
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linux from scratch?


what kind of thing can you do with it? like-is it graphical or all command line? i like the idea of building my own-but it sounds complicated.
 
Old 02-24-2007, 06:59 AM   #2
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You can do anything with it. If you want a command line server or a GUI desktop, its all their for your choosing. It might be a little daunting, but you learn a lot too. You'll also spend a good deal of time installing things. The manuals on their site are reallyl good though, so don't psych yourself out thinking it too complicated.

But again, to answer the question. Once you've got a bootable system. You can install whatever applications, desktops, window managers, etc that you would like.
 
Old 02-24-2007, 07:04 AM   #3
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ok. is it like creating your own distro? logo-system of operating, etc? and is linux from scratch's iso actually tool you use to create it?
 
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Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with step-by-step instructions for building your own custom Linux system, entirely from source code.
Go here: http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/ and start reading!
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Why would I want an LFS system?

Many wonder why they should go through the hassle of building a Linux system from scratch when they could just download an existing Linux distribution. However, there are several benefits of building LFS. Consider the following:

LFS teaches people how a Linux system works internally
Building LFS teaches you about all that makes Linux tick, how things work together and depend on each other. And most importantly, how to customize it to your own tastes and needs.

Building LFS produces a very compact Linux system
When you install a regular distribution, you often end up installing a lot of programs that you would probably never use. They're just sitting there taking up (precious) disk space. It's not hard to get an LFS system installed under 100 MB. Does that still sound like a lot? A few of us have been working on creating a very small embedded LFS system. We installed a system that was just enough to run the Apache web server; total disk space usage was approximately 8 MB. With further stripping, that can be brought down to 5 MB or less. Try that with a regular distribution.

LFS is extremely flexible
Building LFS could be compared to a finished house. LFS will give you the skeleton of a house, but it's up to you to install plumbing, electrical outlets, kitchen, bath, wallpaper, etc. You have the ability to turn it into whatever type of system you need it to be, customized completely for you.

LFS offers you added security
You will compile the entire system from source, thus allowing you to audit everything, if you wish to do so, and apply all the security patches you want or need to apply. You don't have to wait for someone else to provide a new binary package that (hopefully) fixes a security hole. Often, you never truly know whether a security hole is fixed or not unless you do it yourself.
What can I do with my LFS system?

A by-the-book LFS system is fairly minimal, but is designed to provide a strong base on which you can add any packages you want. See the BLFS project for a selection of commonly used packages.
 
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i like the idea of building my own-but it sounds complicated.
It's all about if you got the will to read and learn as part of the process, you need to be ready to work out when problems come up most of the time because you didn't fully read the manual, I didn't try LFS but I'm going to soon, I did tried Gentoo from stage 1 that was fun but after half a year of use I understood that it wasn't what I looked for.
 
  


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