Thanks to the descriptions in the LFS book it is pretty easy to create oneself a customized Linux system from the base, which is not dependant on decision taken by some distriution vendor. LFS itself is not a distribution, just a guide on hot to do it, thus you keep the freedom of doing things differently if you feel inclined to.

This document describes step by step the commands I used to set up a fresh partition with a base linux. When I first wrote this page I based it on the CVS version of 2000-04-13 (LFS 3.0 prerelease). I updated it to use the latest packages and linux kernel. I completly depart from LFS when it comes to the startup and configuration files, as I prefer a much simpler approach.

There is not much explanation in here, because the focus is on collecting the steps I performed. Go to the Linux from scratch site or to the sites of the individual packages to learn the details.

The Linux distribution I had on my Dell Inspiron 5000 Laptop when doing this was a RedHat 7.0.

This is work in progress. I've been able to boot into LFS but not yet set up wireless LAN. I'm currently upgrading kernel and some packages until I retry the wireless setup.

Installation steps

  1. Prepare LFS partition
  2. Install statically built software (bash, binutils, bzip2, diffutils, fileutils, gcc, kernel includes, grep, gzip, make, sed, sh-utils, tar, textutils, mawk, texinfo)
  3. Install in chroot (man-pages, glibc, ed, patch, findutils, mawk, ncurses, vim, gcc, bison, less, groff, man, perl, m4, texinfo, autoconf, automake, bash, flex, file, libtool, bin86, binutils, bzip2, gettext, kbd, diffutils, e2fsprogs, fileutils, grep, gzip, lilo, make, modutils, procinfo, procps, psmisc, sed, sh-utils, shadowpwd, sysvinit, tar, textutils, utillinux, daemontools, read_syslog, devfsd, net-tools, wget, linux)
  4. Boot into LFS (pcmcia, wireless-tools)