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Old 02-12-2011, 05:41 PM   #1
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What basic foundation should I chose?

I am (almost goes without saying) here to learn all I can. So, I am trying to build my own flavor from (almost) the groundup, sort of. My idea is to do something like this:
- Start with a sound foundation, perhaps the Ubuntu kernel, a few necessary files that would be needed, and no more
- Next step is to add functionality such as GUI, etc...
- Next, add security tools
- Alternately add security tools with just enough interface, perhaps GUI, to build a security conscious system
- Or go the other way and build a home user/pretty machine
I know this sounds very vague because it is, due to my lack of knowledge. So far, being noob, I've tried to emulate my MS machine by installing as much as possible (free) programs on my linux distros, and try to accomplish the same, but with open source resources. I am hooked on this freedom and open source code concept, so I would like to take advantage of this idea as much as possible.
Thanks for reading, and if anyone has gone through this phase of exploration and avid curiosity, I'd appreciate any help!

PS I've successfully used some of the remastering softwares to build my own branded linux flavor, but although nice and useful, they are very simple, so I'd like to learn a bit more deeply
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Linux From Scratch is just what it sounds - a project to create your own distro from the very basics. But I don't think it is a good start for a beginner. Nor is using tools like SUSE studio, because you just customize an already created product.
I suggest that you begin by installing Arch or Slackware - both are well documented,the communities are helpful and the distros itself are so designed that you _will_ learn very much. (I'm not saying that there are not other good distros, but those two particularly are suitable because of their transparency.) Don't worry that you're a beginner, you'll catch on quickly.
Thus acquiring knowledge, you'll be able to make your goals clearer and find exactly what you need and want. I'm sorry that I can't give you a more definitive answer, but IMHO there's none at this point.
Good luck and good premises.

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Have you looked at Linux From Scratch? See this link.
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Thanks so much for the prompt replies, everyone!
I hope to be able to repay this great resource by contributing, when I join the ranks of expert (or pro) linux user, someday.

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