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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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Average visitor rating: 8.75/10 from 8 review(s).

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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2015-10-01: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.8
 • 2015-05-15: Development Release: Linux From Scratch 20150514
 • 2015-03-06: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.7
 • 2014-09-23: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.6
 • More LFS releases...

 •2018-06-05 Debian package tools on LFS
 •2016-03-30 LFS systemd 7.9 released
 • More LFS headlines...

Table Notes and Explanations
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  • To compare the software in this project to the software available in other distributions, please see our Compare Packages page.
  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "kde-workspace" and "plasma-desktop" packages and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

Feature unstable 8.2-BLFS 8.2
Release Date 2018-06-12 2018-03-03 2018-03-03
End Of Life      
Price (US$) Free Free Free
Image Size (MB)      
Free Download Yes Yes Yes
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop -- -- --
Package Management SRC SRC SRC
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- --
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV
Journaled File Systems -- -- --
Multilingual -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- --
Full Package List   8.2-blfs 8.2

Full Package List:   Linux From Scratch 8.2
     Number of packages: 77 (download as TXT)
  •  Acl-2.2.52
  •  Attr-2.4.47
  •  Autoconf-2.69
  •  Automake-1.15.1
  •  Bash-4.4.18
  •  Bc-1.07.1
  •  Binutils-2.30
  •  Bison-3.0.4
  •  Bzip2-1.0.6
  •  Check-0.12.0
  •  Coreutils-8.29
  •  D-Bus-1.12.4
  •  DejaGNU-1.6.1
  •  Diffutils-3.6
  •  E2fsprogs-1.43.9
  •  Eudev-3.2.5
  •  Expat-2.2.5
  •  Expect-5.45.4
  •  File-5.32
  •  Findutils-4.6.0
  •  Flex-2.6.4
  •  Gawk-4.2.0
  •  GCC-7.3.0
  •  GDBM-1.14.1
  •  Gettext-
  •  Glibc-2.27
  •  GMP-6.1.2
  •  Gperf-3.1
  •  Grep-3.1
  •  Groff-1.22.3
  •  GRUB-2.02
  •  Gzip-1.9
  •  Iana-Etc-2.30
  •  Inetutils-1.9.4
  •  Intltool-0.51.0
  •  IPRoute2-4.15.0
  •  Kbd-2.0.4
  •  Kmod-25
  •  Less-530
  •  Libcap-2.25
  •  Libelf 0.170
  •  Libffi-3.2.1
  •  Libpipeline-1.5.0
  •  Libstdc++-7.3.0
  •  Libtool-2.4.6
  •  Linux-4.15.3
  •  M4-1.4.18
  •  Make-4.2.1
  •  Man-DB-2.8.1
  •  Man-pages-4.15
  •  Meson-0.44.0
  •  MPC-1.1.0
  •  MPFR-4.0.1
  •  Ncurses-6.1
  •  Ninja-1.8.2
  •  OpenSSL-1.1.0g
  •  Patch-2.7.6
  •  Perl-5.26.1
  •  Pkg-config-0.29.2
  •  Procps-ng-3.3.12
  •  Psmisc-23.1
  •  Python-3.6.4
  •  Readline-7.0
  •  Sed-4.4
  •  Shadow-4.5
  •  Stripping
  •  Sysklogd-1.5.1
  •  Systemd-237
  •  Sysvinit-2.88dsf
  •  Tar-1.30
  •  Tcl-core-8.6.8
  •  Texinfo-6.5
  •  Util-linux-2.31.1
  •  Vim-8.0.586
  •  XML::Parser-2.44
  •  Xz-5.2.3
  •  Zlib-1.2.11

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Version: 8.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-05
Votes: 4

Invaluable to us rookies.... Fifty-six years in the business and I'm still a rookie.


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Version: 8.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-10-30
Votes: 12

It is exactly what its name suggests a distribution built from scratch. Someone that knows Linux intimately enough could probably build a Linux From Scratch (LFS) system without ever reading the book, as it really is simple (in the same sense that Arch Linux is simple) and from scratch. Building it is not an experience to be taken lightly, but it is very educational to build a LFS system, so long as one has the persistence to keep trying and trying, never giving up. In it you will gain an intimate knowledge of Linux and its various components and how they work together.

The problem is how do you do package management post-installation? The book does recommend some methods, but they are not automated, however, so updates can get annoying and tedious. If you want to install an automated package manager things can get complicated in terms of getting it to register packages you've manually compiled and installed (like those packages installed in process of building the LFS in the first place). Besides, if you install an existing (as opposed to one you've made yourself for your system) package manager (e.g. APT or yum) I'd argue what's the point of building the LFS in the first place, aside from the experience? Why not install a minimalist version of the distribution to which the package manager belongs? After all you'd get better support should you need it. LFS would be great, however, for those that want to develop their own package manager.

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Version: 8.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-10-18
Votes: 3

The best Linux distro!
Now I am free to forge my own path.

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