LFS in LinuxFormat magazine

Ken Moffat ken at kenmoffat.uklinux.net
Tue Jul 10 12:41:21 PDT 2001


 here in the UK, one of the magazines is LinuxFormat. The current
(July) issue includes the LFS 3.0-pre3 book and packages on the CD, and
has about half a page of text to introduce the topic. This is quoted with
permission from the editor, Nick Veitch. There's also a pointer to
www.linuxfromscratch.org (correctly named in the caption, if not the
text) and a picture with the logo. The magazine has a site at 
www.linuxformat.co.uk . I figured some people here might be interested.

Linux From Scratch

Are you a DIY fanatic ? Well forget those shelves and sheds and have a go
at making your own Linux distro.

Are you happy with your choice of Linux distribution? Chances are that if
you are just a general day to day user then you are. But if you've got a
fair chunk of programming skills under your belt, you may sometimes think
that you could do better. Well, if you feel up to the challenge then now's
your chance. The Linux From Scratch project contains a constantly updating
book on how to create your own distro. The very base level code is
provided for you, and then the rest is up to you.

So now it's possible to setup your own custom build Linux system.

But why? Well the reasons for wanting to build such a system are
diverse. Perhaps you want to get into more detail as to what happens
behind the scenes; maybe you are fed up with distributions which are often
bloated; or perhaps you just don't want to rely on pre-compiled binaries
due to security concerns. There are many reasons why you may want a custom
build system, and if you can think of a compelling one, then this is for

The fruits of building your own system are plentiful, but the labour may
be hard. You have a long road ahead of you, but in the end you will be
able to look on your custom-built Linux distro tailored to your needs with
pride and say "I did that!"

Distro dictator

With Linux From Scratch you dictate the layout of bootscripts, the file
system structure, which programs are installed in which directory and
which versions of software to use. Perhaps the most important reason is
that you know exactly what is installed where why and how, and if you're
planning on deploying Linux across a network of 500 machines, this level
of control is a must. It's certainly a project that will keep you busy and
you may find yourself a frequent visitor to the project's website
(www.linuxfromscratch.com) where you'll find stacks of documentation and a
comprehensive FAQ dealing with many of the common problems encountered by
your fellow Linux From Scratch users.

Cheers, Ken.

- And you would be unutterably flibbergasted if you knew the number of 
stout bicycles that partake serenely of humanity. 
             (Flann O'Brien, The Dalkey Archive)
Home page : http://www.kenmoffat.uklinux.net

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