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Linux From Scratch


Last Update: 2024-06-15 13:27 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: 9.75/10 from 4 review(s).


Linux From Scratch Summary
Distribution Linux From Scratch
Home Page http://www.linuxfromscratch.org
Mailing Lists http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/support.html
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Documentation http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/view/stable/
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Download Mirrors http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/download.htmlDistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-03-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 12.1
 • 2023-09-01: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 12.0
 • 2023-03-01: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 11.3
 • 2022-09-01: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 11.2
 • 2022-03-01: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 11.1
 • 2021-09-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 11.0
 • 2021-03-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 10.1
 • 2020-09-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 10.0
 • 2020-03-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 9.1
 • 2019-09-01: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 9.0
 • 2019-03-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.4
 • 2018-09-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.3
 • More LFS releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2018-06-05 Debian package tools on LFS
 • 2016-03-30 LFS systemd 7.9 released
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Feature unstable 12.1 12.1-BLFS 12.0 11.3 11.2 11.1 11.0 10.1 10.0 9.1 9.0 8.4 8.3 8.2 8.1 7.10 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.6 7.5 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.8 6.7 6.6 6.5 6.4 6.3 6.2 6.0 5.1 5.0 4.1 4.0 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.4 2.2 1.3 Feature
Release Date 2024-06-15 2024-03-01 2024-03-01 2023-09-01 2023-03-01 2022-09-01 2022-03-01 2021-09-02 2021-03-01 2020-09-02 2020-03-02 2019-09-01 2019-03-01 2018-09-02 2018-03-03 2017-09-01 2016-09-07 2016-03-08 2015-10-01 2015-03-06 2014-09-23 2014-03-02 2013-09-08 2013-03-02 2012-09-02 2012-03-02 2011-10-29 2011-03-05 2010-09-19 2010-03-01 2009-08-16 2008-11-23 2007-08-28 2006-08-03 2004-12-08 2004-05-16 2003-11-05 2003-04-28 2002-10-05 2002-04-07 2002-03-07 2001-12-03 2001-09-21 2000-08-28 2000-04-03 2000-02-11 Release Date
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Free Download Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Default Desktop
Package Management SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386, PPC i386 i386 Processor Architecture
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Journaled File Systems -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ReiserFS ReiserFS ReiserFS -- -- -- -- Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- fr fr -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List   12.1 12.1-blfs 12.0 11.3 11.2 11.1 11.0 10.1 10.0 9.1 9.0 8.4 8.3 8.2 8.1 7.10 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.6   7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.8 6.7 6.6 6.5 6.4 6.3             3.3 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.4 2.2 1.3 Full Package List

Full Package List:   Linux From Scratch 12.0
  Number of packages: 79 (download as TXT)
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  •  Acl-2.3.1
  •  Attr-2.5.1
  •  Autoconf-2.71
  •  Automake-1.16.5
  •  Bash-5.2.15
  •  Bc-6.6.0
  •  Binutils-2.41
  •  Bison-3.8.2
  •  Bzip2-1.0.8
  •  Check-0.15.2
  •  D-Bus-1.14.8
  •  DejaGNU-1.6.3
  •  Diffutils-3.10
  •  E2fsprogs-1.47.0
  •  Expat-2.5.0
  •  Expect-5.45.4
  •  File-5.45
  •  Findutils-4.9.0
  •  Flex-2.6.4
  •  Flit-Core-3.9.0
  •  Gawk-5.2.2
  •  GCC-13.2.0
  •  GDBM-1.23
  •  Gettext-0.22
  •  Glibc-2.38
  •  GMP-6.3.0
  •  Gperf-3.1
  •  Grep-3.11
  •  Groff-1.23.0
  •  GRUB-2.06
  •  Gzip-1.12
  •  Iana-Etc-20230810
  •  Inetutils-2.4
  •  Intltool-0.51.0
  •  IPRoute2-6.4.0
  •  Jinja2-3.1.2
  •  Kbd-2.6.1
  •  Kmod-30
  •  Less-643
  •  Libcap-2.69
  •  Libelf from Elfutils-0.189
  •  Libffi-3.4.4
  •  Libpipeline-1.5.7
  •  Libtool-2.4.7
  •  Libxcrypt-4.4.36
  •  Linux-6.4.12
  •  M4-1.4.19
  •  Make-4.4.1
  •  Man-DB-2.11.2
  •  Man-pages-6.05.01
  •  MarkupSafe-2.1.3
  •  Meson-1.2.1
  •  MPC-1.3.1
  •  MPFR-4.2.0
  •  Ncurses-6.4
  •  Ninja-1.11.1
  •  OpenSSL-3.1.2
  •  Patch-2.7.6
  •  Perl-5.38.0
  •  Pkgconf-2.0.1
  •  Procps-ng-4.0.3
  •  Psmisc-23.6
  •  Python-3.11.4
  •  Readline-8.2
  •  Sed-4.9
  •  Shadow-4.13
  •  Sysklogd-1.5.1
  •  Systemd-254
  •  Sysvinit-3.07
  •  Tar-1.35
  •  Tcl-8.6.13
  •  Texinfo-7.0.3
  •  Util-linux-2.39.1
  •  Vim-9.0.1677
  •  Wheel-0.41.1
  •  XML::Parser-2.46
  •  Xz-5.4.4
  •  Zlib-1.2.13
  •  Zstd-1.5.5


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Version: 11.3-BLFS
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-07-10
Votes: 24


I've been using LFS since version 10.0 (9/2020). It was and continues to be a great teaching tool for me.

First, you download all the souce code from the individual developers onto your host OS (one wget command). Then you partition, setup a file system, and start compiling. First you build the tool chain, then you build all the components of the system itself. The first time, it may take a day to understand and follow all instructions. After that, less than a day. There is even an automation tool to automatically build, which can make a bootable system in a few hours.

Then comes the real fun, "Beyond Linux From Scratch" (BLFS). This is all the extras you might need. Desktop environments like Gnome, XFCE, KDE. Web browsers, LibreOffice, Transmission, too many to name. As full-featured as most distros out there (except the package management system). And if your package is not available. The knowledge you have acquired in building the system will allow you to build almost any open source software. Be the ruler of your desktop! As with any system, just be sure to back up. I use Timeshift, which is not included, but is a simple build.

Pros:

- Learn a lot. Learn to install almost anything from souce code.
- Make the system you want, not someone else
- Choice of systemd or SysV
- Hundreds of packages to choose from
- Always being updated (quick security notifications, updates and patches)
- Automated system works on LFS and BLFS
- Great for learning to configure and build kernels.
- Rewarding feeling knowing you compiled everything.

Cons:

- Can be time consuming, but not that bad after you get to the desktop stage, IMO. Go get a coffee.
- No package management, although some people have devised management systems.
- When new, incompatible glibc updates come out (about once a year or less), most people will just start over.
- Some people don't care to learn
- Rarely, the development branch won't build because of incompatibilities among components.


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Version: 11.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2022-03-31
Votes: 13


Very good for education but when it comes to package management, even though some techniques are shared, you'll probably end up forking Portage or Pacman. Having that in mind, you might want to check the Gentoo or Arch Linux route. Yes you can create your own repositories with your own package manager but A LOT OF WORK is already done with Arch by the fact that the pre-compiled binaries are also tested by many people. As for gentoo, there's plenty of ebuilds that exist already and have been proven to be solid. There's no limit to how far you can go but I think it's a better thing for the Linux world to strengthen what's already available out there. My suggestions to the people behind LFS would be to teach people how to make immutable OS such as Nixos or how to manage your distro so that when you update your system, it acts as swupd which only gets the changed portion of software leading for faster updates. I give LFS a good 9 out of 10


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Version: 11.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-02-18
Votes: 36


An operating system in its purest form: a book/collection of text files.

Although obviously different, it reminds me of Starting FORTH/Thinking FORTH.

RTFM ("Read The Fundamental Manual"), and get building.

When you operate Slackware you learn about Slackware.

When you apply LFS, you learn about Linux.


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