[lfs-support] Host Distribution

Wally Lepore wallylepore at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 17:27:52 PDT 2012

Hi Members

> At this point, I'd rather install a dstro that LFS members recommend
> as being compatible with LFS "stable" book version 7.0.

Amended please. That should read, "At this point, I'd rather install a
host dstro that LFS members recommend as being compatible with the LFS
"stable" book version 7.2 (the newest stable version)".

source: http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/downloads/stable/

Thank you
Wally Lepore

On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM, Wally Lepore <wallylepore at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Members,
> I hope to begin the journey of learning to build my own LFS distro and
> have been reading the Essential Pre-Reading Guide for Life with LFS
> (over and over) as well as the LFS book itself. I'm beginning to
> become familiar with all the terminology and would like some advice on
> choosing a host distro. This first step is daunting to say the least.
> I have accomplished quite a bit of reading over the past few weeks,
> searched the LFS FAQ, scanned 3 months back on the lfs-support mailing
> list, have utilized google search and would like to ask for additional
> support before embarking on this first crucial step please. After all
> the research, I am still confused as to which host distro to utilize.
> I was going to utilize the LFS LiveCD in a virtual box but not sure if
> my legacy system will support a virtual machine (please see system
> specs below).I have more than enough hard drive space and would like
> to install the host distro to my hard drive (my system has two hard
> drives).
> Last month I attempted to install Ubuntu numerous times but the
> install failed half way through with an error message. After much
> research I decided to look for another distro and was amazed at the
> hundreds of choices. This led to a complete study of Linux and how one
> distro differs from another. I decided to pull-back and install
> nothing and simply read, study and learn. I have coded before but
> nothing on a profesional lebel. Currently studying "C" language using
> Code::Blocks. Also learned about learned about checksum and
> interesting hints in regards to downloading and burning iso files.
> At this point, I'd rather install a dstro that LFS members recommend
> as being compatible with LFS version 7.0.  I would like to utilize
> Debian as my host distro for the LFS build as many successful distro's
> seem to be forked off Debian. Debian has a good package manager and
> separates free and non-free software quite well. However after reading
> Debian's installation procedure, I'm not sure If I have the technical
> experience to install a distro that requires users to install multiple
> CD's. I notice that other distro's offer their iso images that can fit
> on one CD (this I would prefer). I did hear that Debian offers an iso
> image that will -in fact- fit on one CD and is easy to install but I
> have not been able to locate the link.
> Also, If any one can recommend a different distro and why or a distro
> that historically has been a good match for Linux-From_Scratch  I
> would very much appreciate it?
> I am very familiar with distrowatch and many other support links but
> considering the time and effort to install a distro I simply wanted to
> be sure that the distro that I finally settle with is in fact a good
> base.
> My system specs are:
> Motherboard:
> iWill DVD266R Motherboard
> featuring "Dual" Symmetric multiprocessing (SMP)
> x86 Pentium III Coppermine processors (1 GHz each).
> source: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/iwill-dvd266-r.html
> RAM:
> 1 gig DDR memory (4 gig max).
> Supported DDR types
> PC2100/PC1600 DDR SDRAM
> PC133/PC100 SDRAM
> Peripheral Devices:
> Foppy Drive
> Hard Drives
> Maxtor IDE 40 gig Hard Drive (currently Running Windows 2000) Jumper
> on drive set to Master
> Western Digital E-IDE 80 gig Drive (currently empty).Jumper on drive
> set to Slave.
> Iomage 1 terabyte (external)
> USB: 2 ports USB 1.0
> Based upon the above specs., it is my understanding that any distro
> that is based upon the i386, i486, i586 and i686 architecture will be
> compatible with my legacy system.
> Thank you very much
> Wally Lepore

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