Build your in­stal­la­tion from scratch

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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.gen­ and Arch Linux (www.arch­ 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://, 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.lin­uxfrom­

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

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