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An interview with Gerard Beekmans of Linux from Scratch

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There are so many different Linux distributions around and perhaps for you, none of them tickle your fancy. Fortunately Linux has a solution. You can build your own Linux from scratch. It is not that hard and there is even a tried and true set of instructions to help you build it.

The Linux from Scratch book has a set of detailed instructions that take you from a blank partition to a functional Linux system. As you build it yourself you can learn every single thing about how your system works and why this widget goes here and that thingamabob goes there. Not only that you can easily customize your system to suit your unique needs. No more dependency hell where you have to download and install tens of megabytes of dependencies just to run your simple five hundred kilobyte program.

There are many different projects that have branched off of the primary Linux From Scratch (LFS) and they are listed on the Linux from scratch web page. Linux from scratch has been used for all purposes from embedded devices to servers and some recognized distributions use it as their base.

This was all started off by a man with vision and an itch to scratch so he scratched it by documenting his own Linux build. But enough gush from me. Here is the inside info straight from the guy himself.

Locutus: Who are you and what is your involvement with LFS?

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