Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
In addition to doing reviews of some of the Linux distributions that I like, I decided that it was time to learn more about the fundamental building blocks of the operating system. One of the best ways to do that is to build Linux from the ground up, using the Linux From Scratch website and book.
Since the installer forces you to create partitions yourself, it was trivial to add a dedicated partition for LFS, as the book expects. Yes, I gave LFS a huge amount of space. I wanted to be sure I could add things from the “Beyond LFS” book if I wanted to afterwards.
The Debian version of Linux Mint gives you an almost perfect developer environment; I found that only one required package had not been installed by default – texinfo. (According to the LFS preface, part vii Host System Requirements.) I installed it via the Synaptic Package Manager in between 2 runs of the “version-check.sh” script that Linux From Scratch provides for this purpose.