The LFS description needs some work

Oren J Byer ojbyer at
Wed Jan 31 18:24:35 PST 2001

After reading the draft you posted, I decided in an episode of
momentary insanity to take a stab at myself. The draft below is
mostly drawn from your original post.

This book is intended for Linux users who want to create their own
custom Linux system from the source code itself. The reasons for
wanting to do so are diverse - you may wish to know more of the
details of what is going on behind the scenes of your current system,
maybe you are fed up with the bloat of traditional distributions or
perhaps your security concerns prevent you from trusting pre-complied
binaries. For whatever reason, if what you desire is complete control
over the construction of your system and are willing to invest the
modest effort necessary to accomplish it, then this book is for you.

The benefits of creating your own system are great, but a degree of
effort beyond what is normally required to install a typical Linux
distribution is required. The instructions in this book are such that
a typical Linux user can install the base LFS system by the cutting
and pasting most commands into a terminal window, however a basic
knowledge of how programs are compiled and general Linux skills will
be required to complete the setup and in case any unforseen
difficulties arise. 

In the process of installing the LFS system you will:
- complie every program in the system from its respective source code
- create the file system hierachy and choose where various programs
   will reside
- generate the necessary startup scripts to load the system
- understand how, where and why every program is installed as well as
  what it does
- gain bragging rights surpassed only by those of kernel hackers :)

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