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Linux Gazette: Linux From Scratch HOWTO

Jan 30, 2000, 16:27 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gerard Beekmans)

"This document describes the process of creating your own Linux system from scratch, using nothing but the sources of needed software."

"I started this document about 6 months ago. I tried a few Linux distributions and came to the conclusion that there's wasn't a distribution I totally liked. Every distribution has it's own advantages and disadvantages, but I was never satisfied with what I had (although Debian comes very close to what I want), so I decided to explore the possibility of building my own Linux distribution using nothing but source code of programs. As I found out there's quite a bit of work involved, but it's also a lot of fun and you really learn a lot by doing it, since you need to configure every single aspect of the system. This forces you to read a lot of manuals on how to configure various software. It also gives you total control over your system (well, that's the idea). You know exactly what software is installed, how it is configured and where all the configuration files reside."

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