LFS Package GPG Signature
jeroen at linuxfromscratch.org
Mon Jun 7 15:43:53 PDT 2004
Matthew Burgess said the following on 07-06-2004 21:31:
> Firstly, apologies for any incovenience caused by the way I signed and
> distributed my key - but this was done under advisement as I'm a GPG
> newbie too! I *did* upload my key to a key-server, but also provide my
> key on belgarath for those that want it that way. Additionally, the
> tarball mirrors provide a copy of my key, although I did this for
> convenience rather than security (due to both the tarball and key being
> on the same server).
No problem, just demonstrates my point :-)
> Lastly, the books educational goal is no less important than it ever has
> been, neither do I think the barrier to entry has been raised
> significantly by recent changes. If the newbie was unable to compile
> a kernel on an LFS-5.1 book, they'd be screwed...just at a much later
> stage than if they can't compile one on an LFS-HEAD book. Better to
> warn them early IMO.
Getting OT here, but my point is that up to LFS-5.1, anyone could start
using LFS without adjusting the host distro. I suspect some newbies even
just use their hosts' kernel config, just as recommended by the book.
There have been posts by them about this on lfs-support, and the message
should probably go since it doesn't fit the assumption that a user is
able to compile his own kernel. For LFS-6.x, we require a reader to
build a 2.6 kernel on the host. This means that the same newbies who
were able to get along fine with their hosts' kernel and .config will
now be filtered out at the start of the book. I agree with this, as long
as we provide references to other documents which they can read and then
return to LFS. This is my intention with the Wiki docs on the rewriting
of the kernel instructions.
All in all, the barrier seems to be just right, IMHO, as long as its
accomponied by enough references to other documents so even newbies can
still theoretically use LFS as starting point for learning about Linux
(just as I and many others have, ages ago).
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