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Old 11-13-2006, 12:11 AM   #1
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Question Wanting to build Linux as second OS from scratch

Hello All,
Currently I'm using Windows XP Home as my OS but I would like to migrate to Linux, firstly as a second OS and afterwords as my main OS.
I've experimented with Xandros, Kubuntu and Linspire which all are fine OS's but I'd like to have an OS which I can choose which components and software programs to use.
Can anyone offer any suggestions as to how I go about setting up a Linux Distro from scratch (or near enough) and what are the do's and don't's when it comes to installing software from various Linux OS's as well as Open Source software!
Thank's in advance for any help.

Old 11-13-2006, 12:30 AM   #2
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Gentoo. Their documenation can step you through building an OS from either

stage1 - Start from nothing, much like Linux From Scratch
stage2 - Starts from a bootstrapped load. Many hrs of time to get to stage3
stage3 - You begin with a minimal bootable linux OS. You have to select packages that you want from here including your logging subsytem, package manager, cron daemon, and various other system packages that are usually preinstalled for you.

The other alternative is LFS which has the Linux From Scratch handbook to do the same. LFS is a little harder in my opinion, but you learn so much more from doing it. I'd like to say that you learn a lot more from a Gentoo install than your typical Redhat/Suse/Debian installs.

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Old 11-13-2006, 07:32 PM   #3
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Re Linux from scratch

Thank's Musicman,
I'll try the Gentoo route and see how it goes. Still not sure what stage I want to begin with but I guess I'll let the roll of the dice determine the path.


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Old 11-14-2006, 01:00 AM   #4
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Not to start flameware but with Debian & some others, you can start with the netinst, which gives you a bare basic setup to get started. From there you add whatever else you want/need.

Gentoo has a long compile time but is very educational.
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Old 11-15-2006, 06:40 AM   #5
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I would recommend LFS.... GO to
IF AND ONLY IF you really want EVERYTHING from scratch. Very educational...
Trust me
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:03 PM   #6
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Thanks all for the suggestions, I can see that there are several different paths to achieve my goal.
I think that I'll explore all the suggested paths and see which is the best fit and hopefully learn a little something about Linux along the way.


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