[lfs-support] Host Distribution

Wally Lepore wallylepore at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 18:40:32 PDT 2012


On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 9:03 PM, Ken Moffat wrote:

>  Umm, why ?  Seriously, most people came here after either starting
> to loathe their current distro (can you say package management? :)
> or else because they were using a distro and wanted to learn more.

> Conversely, debian and its
> derivatives have a liking for old packages (e.g. mawk instead of
> gawk) and will need some additions and changes - see William's
> reply.

>  But in general, all you should need to do is to check the host
> system requirements in the preface.  The best host system is, of
> course, the current version of LFS - but for most people that isn't
> a practical option ;)

Hi Ken,

Thank you for the suggestions. I want the challenge to create a
distro. It will give me a better idea of what's behind an OS. Sure I
can just install Linux Mint, Ubuntu or whatever and call it a day. But
I'm approaching it from a programmers perspective. Plus I would like
to help a fellow distro builder with his new version and the way to
get on their dev team is to understand what's behind a distro and what
makes it tick. As you know, it's all self learning with online support
and mailing lists such as this. What better way to learn than to build
a LFS distro. That's all. If it takes me a year to complete (or more)
so be it. :)

Thanks for that Debian update. That was interesting. Yes I did read
Williams reply. Thank you.

Yes I did read the host requirements in the preface section but
remember, I'm new to all this. I have no clue how to check a distro to
see if it meets the requirements. I'm going to start from scratch. One
step at a time. Learn all the lingo and build exercises and read the
Essential Pre-Reading for Life with LFS (again and again).

Thanks again Ken
Wally


On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 9:03 PM, Ken Moffat <zarniwhoop at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 08:14:33PM -0400, Wally Lepore 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.
>>
>  Umm, why ?  Seriously, most people came here after either starting
> to loathe their current distro (can you say package management? :)
> or else because they were using a distro and wanted to learn more.
>
>  In theory, any recent distro should do.  At times, fedora has been
> *too* new, or difficult (linker options, security features), but I
> haven't seen any such reports recently.  Conversely, debian and its
> derivatives have a liking for old packages (e.g. mawk instead of
> gawk) and will need some additions and changes - see William's
> reply.
>
>  But in general, all you should need to do is to check the host
> system requirements in the preface.  The best host system is, of
> course, the current version of LFS - but for most people that isn't
> a practical option ;)
>
> ĸen
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