[lfs-support] Host Distribution

Wally Lepore wallylepore at gmail.com
Thu Sep 27 12:10:52 PDT 2012


> On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM, Fernando de Oliveira wrote:

> Debian has "old" packages.

Hi Fernando,

I understand that old packages contain programs that have been updated
etc. but the Linux community seems to make this an important issue to
consider when choosing a distro.

What is defined as "old" packages'? Can you please give me an example
(perhaps point to a link) and why "old' packages would affect my
distro choice? I'm just trying to understand.

Thank you very much
Wally


On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM, Fernando de Oliveira
<famobr at yahoo.com.br> wrote:
> 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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> []s,
> Fernando
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