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Last Update: 2018-12-12 11:05 UTC

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: 9/10 from 10 review(s).

Linux From Scratch Summary
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-09-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.3
 • 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
 • 2014-03-06: Distribution Release: Beyond Linux From Scratch 7.5
 • 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
  • Select view: Major packages only (52) All tracked packages (226)
  • 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 "plasma-desktop" package 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 8.3 8.3-BLFS
Release Date 2018-12-11 2018-09-02 2018-09-02
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   8.3 8.3-blfs

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: 8.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-09-03
Votes: 0

As always, a great way to learn the inner workings of a linux box without going to a higher education facility and outlaying thousands of dollars in tuition fees.

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Version: 8.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-09-03
Votes: 4

Try LFS at least once, by the end of installation and management, your beard will be long and mighty.

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Version: 8.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-05
Votes: 11

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


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