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The "Linux From Scratch"

The "Linux From Scratch" website/book/concept has been around for quite a while, much longer than Ubuntu and many other Linux distributions. This live CD really is not intended for use by a recent Windows convert, it expects the user to be comfortable at a command prompt. LFS is intended for learning how to build and also building a Linux installation from scratch: "Why would I want to use the LFS LiveCD? It provides a known good host for building LFS At times, Linux distros are built in such a way that make it difficult to successfully build LFS using that distro as a host. Their releases may even contain bugs that are really only exposed with heavy compiling, as is done when building LFS. The LiveCD has been tested thoroughly and is known to successfully build the current version of LFS without deviation. Removes the LFS prerequisite of having a Linux distro installed on your system To build LFS, you need to have a host Linux system with development tools. In this case, the LiveCD is the host system. This allows you to build LFS onto a completely blank machine, if you so desire. Doubles as a rescue CD Having a LiveCD close at hand can be a life saver if your system breaks or suddenly refuses to boot. You can boot the CD, fix the error on your local system, reboot, and voila! Includes all sources and the LFS Book This spares you from having to download all the packages individually, which can be quite time consuming. It also removes the need for a working internet connection."