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Linux From Scratch

Last Update: 2019-11-09 17:17 UTC


Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with the steps necessary to build your own custom Linux system. There are a lot of reasons why somebody would want to install an LFS system. The question most people raise is "why go through all the hassle of manually installing a Linux system from scratch when you can just download an existing distribution like Debian or Redhat". That is a valid question which I hope to answer for you. The most important reason for LFS's existence is teaching people how a Linux system works internally. Building an LFS system teaches you about all that makes Linux tick, how things work together, and depend on each other. And most importantly, how to customize it to your own taste and needs.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 138 (67), 6 months: 129 (73), 3 months: 117 (100), 4 weeks: 149 (50), 1 week: 156 (47)

Average visitor rating: 9.23/10 from 13 review(s).


Linux From Scratch Summary
Distribution Linux From Scratch
Home Page http://www.linuxfromscratch.org
Mailing Lists http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/support.html
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/view/stable/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/download.html
Bug Tracker http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/
Related Websites WikipediaLFS France
Reviews 6.x: Tuxmachines (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
5.x: LWN
Where To Buy

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-09-01: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 9.0
 • 2019-03-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.4
 • 2018-09-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.3
 • 2018-03-03: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.2
 • 2017-09-02: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.1
 • 2017-02-26: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.0
 • 2016-09-08: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.10
 • 2016-03-09: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.9
 • 2016-02-15: Development Release: Linux From Scratch 7.9-rc1
 • 2015-10-01: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.8
 • 2015-05-15: Development Release: Linux From Scratch 20150514
 • 2015-03-06: Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 7.7
 • More LFS releases...

  Headlines:
 •2018-06-05 Debian package tools on LFS
 •2016-03-30 LFS systemd 7.9 released
 • More LFS headlines...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature unstable 9.0 9.0-BLFS 8.4 8.3 8.2 8.1 7.10 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.6 7.5 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.8 6.7 6.6 6.5 6.4 6.3 6.2 6.0 5.1 5.0 4.1 4.0 3.3 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.4 2.2 1.3 Feature
Release Date 2019-11-08 2019-09-01 2019-09-01 2019-03-01 2018-09-02 2018-03-03 2017-09-01 2016-09-07 2016-03-08 2015-10-01 2015-03-06 2014-09-23 2014-03-02 2013-09-08 2013-03-02 2012-09-02 2012-03-02 2011-10-29 2011-03-05 2010-09-19 2010-03-01 2009-08-16 2008-11-23 2007-08-28 2006-08-03 2004-12-08 2004-05-16 2003-11-05 2003-04-28 2002-10-05 2002-04-07 2002-03-07 2001-12-03 2001-09-21 2000-08-28 2000-04-03 2000-02-11 Release Date
End Of Life                                                                           End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)                                                                           Image Size (MB)
Free Download Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Default Desktop
Package Management SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC SRC Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386, PPC i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV systemd, SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ReiserFS ReiserFS ReiserFS -- -- -- -- Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- fr fr -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List   9.0 9.0-blfs 8.4 8.3 8.2 8.1 7.10 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.6   7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.8 6.7 6.6 6.5 6.4 6.3             3.3 3.2 3.1 3.0 2.4 2.2 1.3 Full Package List

Full Package List:   Linux From Scratch 2.4
  Number of packages: 172 (download as TXT)
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  •   Bash (2.04) - 1,668 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/bash/
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  •   Binutils (2.10) 7,041 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/binutils/
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  •   Bzip2 (1.0.1) 460 KB: http://sourceware.cygnus.com/bzip2/
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  •   Diff Utils (2.7) 304 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/diffutils/
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  •   File Utils (4.0) 1,143 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/fileutils/
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  •   GCC (2.95.2) 12,583 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gcc/
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  •   Linux Kernel (2.2.16) 16,705 KB: ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/
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  •   Glibc (2.1.3) 8,802 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/glibc/
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  •   Glibc-crypt (2.1.3) 39 KB: ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/glibc/
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  •   Glibc-linuxthreads (2.1.3) 149 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/glibc/
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  •   Glibc Patch (2.1.3) - 1 KB: http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/download/glibc-2.1.3.patch.gz
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  •   Grep (2.4.2) 449 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/grep/
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  •   Gzip (1.2.4a) 215 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gzip/
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  •   Make (3.79.1) 1,006 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/make/
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  •   Sed (3.02) 258 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/sed/
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  •   Shell Utils (2.0) 1,214 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/sh-utils/
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  •   Tar (1.13) 1,027 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/tar/
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  •   Text Utils (2.0) 1,496 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/textutils/
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  •   MAKEDEV (2.5) - 11 KB: ftp://ftp.ihg.uni-duisburg.de/Linux/system
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  •   Bison (1.28) 410 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/bison/
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  •   Mawk (1.3.3) 205 KB: ftp://ftp.whidbey.net/pub/brennan/
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  •   Patch (2.5.4) 182 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/patch/
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  •   Find Utils (4.1) 287 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/findutils/
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  •   Find Utils Patch (4.1) 1 KB: http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/download/findutils-4.1.patch.gz
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  •   Ncurses (5.1) 1,671 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/ncurses/
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  •   Less (358) 225 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/less/
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  •   Groff (1.16) 1,393 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/groff/
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  •   Man (1.5h1) 174 KB: ftp://ftp.win.tue.nl/pub/linux-local/utils/man/
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  •   Perl (5.6.0) 5,316 KB: http://www.perl.com
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  •   M4 (1.4) 310 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/m4/
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  •   Texinfo (4.0) 1,106 kB ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/texinfo/
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  •   Autoconf (2.13) 433 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/autoconf/
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  •   Automake (1.4) 344 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/automake/
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  •   Flex (2.5.4a) 372 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/non-gnu/flex/
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  •   File (3.31) 135 KB: ftp://ftp.gw.com/mirrors/pub/unix/file/
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  •   Libtool (1.3.5) 526 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/libtool/
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  •   Bin86 (0.15.1) 138 KB: http://www.cix.co.uk/~mayday/
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  •   Gettext (0.10.35) 696 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gettext/
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  •   Console-tools (0.2.3) 652 KB: ftp://metalab.unc.edu/pub/Linux/system/keyboards/
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  •   Console-tools (0.2.3) Patch: 4 KB: http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/download/console-tools-0.2.3.patch.gz
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  •   Console-data (1999.08.29) 534 KB: ftp://metalab.unc.edu/pub/Linux/system/keyboards/
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  •   E2fsprogs (1.19) 935 KB: http://e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net
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  •   Ed (0.2) 181 KB: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/ed/
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  •   Ld.so (1.9.9) 346 KB: http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/download/ld.so-1.9.9.tar.gz
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  •   Lilo (21.5) 209 KB: ftp://brun.dyndns.org/pub/linux/lilo/
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  •   Modutils (2.3.13) 197 KB: ftp://ftp.ocs.com.au/pub/modutils/
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  •   Vim-rt (5.7) 1,073 KB: ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/editors/vim/unix/
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  •   Vim-src (5.7) 1,202 KB: ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/editors/vim/unix/
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  •   Procinfo (17) 22 KB: ftp://ftp.cistron.nl/pub/people/svm/
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  •   Procps (2.0.7) 191 KB: ftp://people.redhat.com/johnsonm/procps/
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  •   Psmisc (19) 21 KB: ftp://lrcftp.epfl.ch/pub/linux/local/psmisc/
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  •   Shadow Password Suite (19990827) 706 KB: ftp://ftp.ists.pwr.wroc.pl/pub/linux/shadow/
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  •   Sysklogd (1.3.31) 93 KB: ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/Linux/system/daemons/
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  •   Sysvinit (2.78) 106 KB: ftp://ftp.cistron.nl/pub/people/miquels/sysvinit/
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  •   Util Linux (2.10m) 1,178 KB: ftp://ftp.win.tue.nl/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/
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  •   Man-pages (1.30) 651 KB: ftp://ftp.win.tue.nl/pub/linux/docs/manpages/
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  •   Netkit-base (0.17) 55 KB: ftp://ftp.uk.linux.org/pub/linux/Networking/netkit/
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  •  Net-tools (1.57) 254 KB: http://www.tazenda.demon.co.uk/phil/net-tools/


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Version: 8.4
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-10-18
Votes: 1


I am free to maintain this system as I see fit, no faceless admins - I have complete and total control, I can choose my own destiny with this distro, and keep package versions how I want, and disable and enable the features I WANT.


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Version: 8.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-01-05
Votes: 27


Very fast and stable. I learned a lot until the build process (... and time).

Thx for this Distro, the helpfull explanations and the growth in "understanding *nix" during the use of the system. The inclusion of LibreSSL and Clang compiler in the base system would be nice too.

Best wishes ...


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Version: 8.3-BLFS
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-01-03
Votes: 0


This is the best platform in particular for KDe_plasma ever in LFS/BLFS. I'm happy to use it.


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