[lfs-support] Host Distribution

Fernando de Oliveira famobr at yahoo.com.br
Thu Sep 27 11:10:54 PDT 2012

Em 26-09-2012 17:54, Wally Lepore escreveu:

> I will be running windows and utilizing a host distro simultaneously.
> Thus I am using windows for my everyday computer tasks. Yes, I do
> prefer to utilize a host distro to also perform my everyday computer
> tasks but one step at a time for me as I am slowly making the
> changeover. I have many applications in windows that I utilize daily
> and attempting to convert them all over to a 100% Linux platform would
> be a monumental  task. I can't afford that much downtime thus running
> both platforms simultaneously  eases the conversion process.

Some years ago, I bought a notebook for my sister. She wanted "Windows
Vista, not XP", but computers are not "easy", for her. It was used
during some time without connecting to internet. One day, it blocked, as
had not registered the OS. I solved the problem for her.

Meanwhile, I was often reading about Linux wonders, meaning Ubuntu-8.04,
from a Brazilian informatics newsletter.

The incident with my sister was the "drop of water". I installed Ubuntu
inside Windows, to discover if I was capable of working with it:
OpenOffice, Gnucash, etc, then I decided to partition the disk, for a
proper Ubuntu install. I used Netscape, then Firefox and Seamonkey, so
this part was not a problem

I started installing packages as I did with Windows, only later
understood the repository idea. Made all mistakes, having often to
reinstall everything, Windows included.

From this day on, Linux became my main system, Windows only for some
things, until I stopped using it, other than maintaining for relatives
when they came here.

One day, I wanted to learn how Linux worked, after having used some
other distros, and discovered LFS.

I believe this describes how you could make the transition.

Easier distros:
Ubuntu, Lubuntu (more similar to Windows), Mint, Mageia or OpenSUSE (it
is no more OpenSuSE) would be better starting points.

Debian has "old" packages.

More difficult:
Fedora (due to the security issues with SELinux crashing some programs),
Gentoo, Sabayon, Arch, which is even more "cutting the edge" than
Fedora, and which I like very much, (I have not used Slackware).

First, I used it, only later, started understanding it. This seems to be
the better attitude, if one starts from Windows.

I believe any above can be used as host to build LFS, only you have to figure out which packages need to be installed, from "LFS vii. Host System Requirements"

I have used Ubuntu, Lubuntu, SUSE and Mint, to build LFS.

Proudly, my latest builf of "LFS7.2" was with "LFS7.1" host.


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