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2018-03-03 NEWDistribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.2
Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of version 8.2 of Linux From Scratch (LFS) and Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS). LFS is a book that provides step-by-step instructions on how to build a base Linux system from scratch. BLFS expands on the LFS book by giving further lessons on compiling several desktop environments, as well as many popular desktop and server packages. From the release announcement: "The Linux From Scratch community is pleased to announce the release of LFS version 8.2, LFS version 8.2 (systemd), BLFS version 8.2 and BLFS version 8.2 (systemd). This release is a major update to both LFS and BLFS. The LFS release includes updates to glibc 2.27, Binutils 2.30 and GCC 7.3.0. In addition, five new packages have been moved to the base LFS book from BLFS - libffi, OpenSSL, Python 3, ninja, and meson. Changes to text have been made throughout the book. The Linux kernel has also been updated to version 4.15.3. The BLFS version includes approximately 900 packages beyond the base Linux From Scratch Version 8.2 book." The books are available from here: LFS (pkglist) - 8.2 (HTML), 8.2 (PDF), 8.2-systemd (HTML), 8.2-systemd (PDF), BLFS (pkglist) - 8.2 (HTML), 8.2-systemd (HTML).

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 • 2018-03-03: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.2
 • 2017-09-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.1
 • 2017-02-26: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.0
 • 2016-09-08: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.10
 • 2016-03-09: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.9
 • 2016-02-15: Development Release: Linux From Scratch 7.9-rc1

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About Linux From Scratch
Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with the steps necessary to build your own custom Linux system. There are a lot of reasons why somebody would want to install an LFS system. The question most people raise is "why go through all the hassle of manually installing a Linux system from scratch when you can just download an existing distribution like Debian or Redhat". That is a valid question which I hope to answer for you. The most important reason for LFS's existence is teaching people how a Linux system works internally. Building an LFS system teaches you about all that makes Linux tick, how things work together, and depend on each other. And most importantly, how to customize it to your own taste and needs.

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Download Mirrors http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/download.html
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2017-09-02 Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.1
Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of Linux From Scratch (LFS) and Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) 8.1. The new release of the book, which guides readers through building their own Linux distribution, offers many updated packages and several fixes over the previous 8.0 release of the Linux From Scratch instruction book. The release announcement states: "The Linux From Scratch community is pleased to announce the release of LFS version 8.1, LFS version 8.1 (systemd), BLFS version 8.1, and BLFS version 8.1 (systemd). This release is a major update to both LFS and BLFS. The LFS release includes updates to glibc 2.26, Binutils 2.29 and GCC 7.2.0. In total, 32 packages were updated, fixes made to bootscripts, and changes to text have been made throughout the book. The BLFS version includes approximately 900 packages beyond the base Linux From Scratch Version 8.1 book. This release has over 885 updates from the previous version including numerous text and formatting changes." The guides are available in SysV init and systemd editions. Download: (pkglist) - 8.1 (HTML), 8.1 (PDF), 8.1-systemd (HTML), 8.1-systemd (PDF), BLFS (pkglist) - 8.1 (HTML), 8.1-systemd (HTML).
2017-02-26 Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.0
Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of Linux From Scratch (LFS) and Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) 8.0, a major update of the do-it-yourself books providing instructions on how to build a base Linux system from scratch, then compile and configure many popular software applications on top of it: "The Linux From Scratch community is pleased to announce the release of LFS 8.0, LFS 8.0 (systemd), BLFS 8.0 and BLFS 8.0 (systemd). This release is a major update to both LFS and BLFS. The LFS release includes updates to glibc 2.24, Binutils 2.27 and GCC 6.2.0. In total, 29 packages were updated, fixes made to bootscripts, and changes to text have been made throughout the book. The BLFS version includes approximately 800 packages beyond the base Linux From Scratch version 7.10 book. This release has over 775 updates from the previous version including numerous text and formatting changes." Here is the full release announcement. The books are available in two variants depending on the preferred init system (SysVInit or systemd); download links: LFS 8.0 (pkglist) - 8.0 (HTML), 8.0 (PDF), 8.0-systemd (HTML), 8.0-systemd (PDF). BLFS 8.0 (pkglist) - 8.0 (HTML), 8.0-systemd (HTML).
2016-09-08 Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.10
Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of Linux From Scratch (LFS) 7.10, the latest version of the project's electronic book of step-by-step instructions on how to build a base Linux system from scratch. A separate book, Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS), which extends the base system with additional desktop and server applications, has also been released: "The Linux From Scratch community is pleased to announce the release of LFS 7.10, LFS 7.10 (systemd), BLFS 7.10 and BLFS 7.10 (systemd). This release is a major update to both LFS and BLFS. The LFS release includes updates to glibc 2.24, Binutils 2.27 and GCC 6.2.0. In total, 29 packages were updated, fixes made to bootscripts and changes to text have been made throughout the book. The BLFS version includes approximately 800 packages beyond the base Linux From Scratch 7.9 book. This release has over 810 updates from the previous version including numerous text and formatting changes." Here is the brief release announcement. The books are available in both standard (SysVInit) and systemd editions; download links: LFS 7.10 (pkglist) - 7.10 (HTML), 7.10 (PDF), 7.10-systemd (HTML), 7.10-systemd (PDF). BLFS 7.10 (pkglist) - 7.10 (HTML), 7.10-systemd (HTML).
2016-03-09 Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.9
Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of Linux From Scratch (LFS) 7.9, a book of step-by-step instructions on how to build a base Linux system from scratch. Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) 7.9, a separate book that extends the base system with additional software packages for desktops and servers, is also out: "The Linux From Scratch community is pleased to announce the release of LFS version 7.9 and BLFS version 7.9. This release is a major update to both LFS and BLFS. The LFS release includes updates to glibc 2.23, Binutils 2.26 and GCC 5.3.0. In total, 25 packages were updated and changes to text have been made throughout the book. The BLFS variant includes approximately 800 packages beyond the base Linux From Scratch 7.9 book. This release has 597 updates from the previous version including numerous text and formatting changes. A major change to BLFS includes the addition of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download the latest LFS and BLFS books from here: LFS-BOOK-7.9-NOCHUNKS.html (HTML, 2.0MB) LFS-BOOK-7.9.pdf (PDF, 1.7MB), BLFS-BOOK-7.9-nochunks.html (HTML, 9.3MB).
2016-02-15 Development Release: Linux From Scratch 7.9-rc1
Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a guide that provides readers with the steps necessary to build a custom Linux-based operating system. The LFS project has published a release candidate for people to test and provide feedback. The latest version of the LFS book, 7.9-rc1, features a number of package updates and provides instructions for working with both SysV init and systemd software. "The Linux From Scratch community announces the release of LFS Version 7.9-rc1. It is a preliminary release of LFS-7.9. Major changes include toolchain updates to binutils-2.26 and gcc-5.3.0. In total, 24 packages were updated since the last release. Changes to the text have also been made throughout the book. The Linux kernel has also been updated to version 4.4.1. We encourage all users to read through this release of the book and test the instructions so that we can make the final release as good as possible." Further details can be found on the project's news page. Download: LFS-BOOK-7.9-rc1.tar.bz2 (210kB, MD5), LFS-BOOK-7.9-systemd-rc1.tar.bz2 (172kB, MD5).
2015-10-01 Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.8
Bruce Dubbs has announced a new release of the Linux From Scratch (LFS) guide to building a Linux distribution from the ground up. The latest edition of the LFS book, version 7.8, and its companion book Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) explore how to set up a functioning Linux system from individual source packages. While the main edition of LFS guides the user through setting up a system with SysV init, there is an alternative edition of LFS which explores using the systemd init software. "The Linux From Scratch community announces the release of LFS stable version 7.8. It is a major release with toolchain updates to glibc 2.22, Binutils 2.25.1, and GCC 5.2.0. In total, 30 packages were updated and changes to boot scripts and text have been made throughout the book. You can read the book online, or download to read locally. In coordination with this release, a new version of LFS using the systemd package is also being released. This package implements the newer systemd style of system initialization and control and is consistent with LFS in most packages." The release announcement for LFS 7.8 can be found on the project's website. Downloads: LFS-BOOK-7.8-NOCHUNKS.html (2.0MB), LFS-BOOK-7.8.pdf (1.7MB), BLFS-BOOK-7.8-nochunks.html (9.1MB).
2015-05-15 Development Release: Linux From Scratch 20150514
The Linux From Scratch (LFS) team has released a new copy of their free, electronic book which walks readers through the steps required to build a GNU/Linux operating system from scratch. The updated version of the text works with Linux kernel 4.0 and the new 5.1 branch of the GNU Compiler Collection. "This is version SVN-20150514 of the Linux From Scratch book, dated May 14, 2015. If this book is more than six months old, a newer and better version is probably already available. To find out, please check one of the mirrors." See the full changelog for a list of updates to the text. Linux From Scratch is available in two editions, one for people building a Linux system with SysV init and another for people who wish to use the more modern systemd init software. Downloads: LFS-sysvinit (2.0MB), LFS-systemd (1.8MB).
2015-03-06 Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.7
Bruce Dubbs has announced the launch of Linux From Scratch (LFS) and Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS), version 7.7. The latest copies of the freely available books come with several updates and walk the reader through assembling a Linux distribution from individual packages. "The Linux From Scratch community is pleased to announce the release of LFS Version 7.7 and BLFS Version 7.7. This release is a major update to both LFS and BLFS. The LFS release includes updates to glibc 2.21, Binutils 2.25, and GCC 4.9.2. In total, 30 packages were updated, fixes made to boot scripts, and changes to text have been made throughout the book. The BLFS version includes approximately 750 packages beyond the base Linux From Scratch Version 7.7 book. This release has over 710 updates from the previous version including numerous text and formatting changes." The brief release announcement can be found on the project's website. Downloads: LFS (2.0MB), BLFS (8.4MB).


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