Build your installation from scratch
One approach towards a lean Linux installation is to do it yourself. Two of the most popular options for building a streamlined Linux installation are Gentoo (www.gentoo.org) and Arch Linux (www.archlinux.org). Both distributions are available as minimal netinstall ISO images that help you put together a fully functional system one component at a time. The big difference between the two is that Arch officially now only supports 64-bit machines. The Legoesque installation approach of both the distributions translates into a lengthy and involved process when compared to the other options mentioned in these pages. It’ll also take up more time and eat a fair amount of bandwidth as well. On the upside, though, you’ll end up with a far more fine-tuned and streamlined installation.
Another source-based option for advanced Linux users is Crux (https:// crux.nu), which inspired the creation of Arch. It too is designed for users who are ready to give away the usual conveniences such as a graphical configurator, or even an installer, in order to fine-tune their installation to their heart’s content. All three distributions have very detailed handbooks that will handhold you through the entire process of crafting your installation.
If you’re really committed to the idea of a streamlined Linux, you need Linux From Scratch (www.linuxfromscratch.org).
above Linux From Scratch has spawned various sub-projects like Beyond LFS to flesh out the LFS system, and Automated LFS to automate the process of creating an LFS system