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Old 03-18-2011, 08:42 AM   #1
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Smile Completely new at Linux and I need help/guidance.

Hey everyone,

Like it says in the title, I have no idea what I am doing. For a summer project a couple of buddies of mine in my major want to build an Arch Linux OS from scratch, and I am wondering 1. Is that possible, and 2. if it is, how the hell are we going to do it?

So I was wondering, what would be some good starting steps? Should I dual boot my computer and run 2 OS's and if so which OS should I choose? Are there little exercises I could do somewhere to increase my understanding of Linux?

I tried clicking on link that says "Linux tutorials" that is on the right had side of the page but is says I am not allowed to access them.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:43 AM   #2
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Easiest non-destructive way to install linux,.. is by installing it into a Virtual Machine until you get the hang of things.

That way, you dont have to constantly reboot the actual machine to switch to windows.
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Thanks Stretcher, but now the question is "Which one?"

Is there a specific Virtual Machine you would recommend, and is there a Linux OS that is more commonly used as a 'training wheels' OS?

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You might want to look at LFS (Linux From Scratch). Download the book at

Dann Washko of the TLLTS podcast just finished building LFS in a virtual machine and talked about it in his podcast:


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