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16 <title>Foreword</title>
18 <!--
19 <para>Version 6.0 is a major milestone in the evolution of BLFS. This
20 version provides installation instructions for 357 packages and an additional
21 21 sections covering configuration and customization of different aspects
22 of your system.</para>
24 <para>Changes and upgrades to the individual packages are detailed in the
25 <xref linkend="changelog"/>. There you will see literally hundreds of
26 changes made since the last edition. In this change log, one name that you
27 will see over and over is Randy McMurchy. Without his efforts this
28 release would not have been possible. I want to take this opportunity to thank
29 him for the hundreds of hours he has worked to produce this release. I
30 also want to thank the other editors, both past and present, whose insight
31 and effort have made this current version possible. Last, but certainly not least,
32 I want to thank our resident XSL wizard, Manuel Canales Esparcia, whose
33 ability to format a complicated document such as BLFS is truly amazing.</para>
35 <para>There are two other areas of change that are worthy of note. First,
36 the license that BLFS is released under has changed significantly. In
37 fact, it is now released under two licenses. The first license, the
38 <xref linkend="CC"/>, covers the descriptive text in the book. The second, the
39 <xref linkend="AFL"/>, covers the instructions actually used to build and
40 install the packages. These licenses, along with the book itself, represent
41 our ongoing commitment to open and free software.</para>
43 <para>The final area of change is the addition of an Index. This section of
44 the book is still incomplete, but as the book continues to be developed,
45 will become an excellent resource for finding programs, libraries,
46 configuration files, and references to kernel configuration requirements. I
47 hope you find it useful.</para>
49 <blockquote>
50<literallayout>Bruce Dubbs
51March 17, 2005</literallayout>
52 </blockquote>
54 <para>Version 6.1 is an incremental update of BLFS. This version
55 continues the tradition of providing an extensive set of instructions for
56 extending a basic Linux From Scratch system. The instructions in this
57 version of BLFS are based on the LFS 6.1 Book. As usual, the list of
58 packages that have been upgraded or added are in the
59 <xref linkend="changelog"/>.</para>
61 <para>One major accomplishment in this
62 version of the book is the completion of the Index. This section
63 is now a relatively complete (but not perfect) reference for the components
64 of the various packages in the book.</para>
66 <para>In any task as large and complex as this book, there are bound to
67 be errors. The editors of the book are dedicated to keeping the book up
68 to date. We appreciate any feedback in helping us to make the book as
69 accurate as possible. The best place to provide comments is via the
70 mailing list at <ulink url="mailto:blfs-dev@&lfs-domainname;"/>.</para>
72 <para>Enjoy!</para>
74 <blockquote>
75<literallayout>Bruce Dubbs
76August 1, 2005</literallayout>
77 </blockquote>
78 -->
80 <para>BLFS version 6.3 is the complement to the LFS 6.3 book. It has been
81 18 months since the last release of BLFS and almost 12 months since LFS-6.3
82 was released. Though we would like to release BLFS versions as quickly as
83 possible after an LFS release, this version lagged a bit due to Editor
84 inactivity. However, early on in 2008 several new Editors were brought on
85 board which helped stimulate a flurry of activity. Many new packages have
86 been introduced in the 6.3 version, as well as many updates, refinements and
87 additions to the existing packages.</para>
89 <para>The BLFS book now provides build and configuration instructions for
90 almost 500 packages (many more than that if you want to count each individual
91 package in the autotooled X Window instructions). Some of the new packages
92 introduced in this version are:
93 Dash, ksh, D-Bus bindings, Wireshark (formerly named Ethereal), rxvt-unicode,
94 Gutenprint (formerly name Gimp-Print), Pidgin (formerly name Gaim), GnuTLS
95 (and many of its dependencies), Qt version 4.x, GnuPG version 2.x, and
96 Amarok. Major updates include GNOME-2.18.3 (with several new GNOME packages),
97 KDE-3.5.9, Firefox-2.x, Thunderbird-2.x, and most (if not all) of the
98 mainline server packages. As always, the list of packages that have been
99 upgraded or added as well as configuration and build command changes are
100 annotated in the <xref linkend="changelog"/>.</para>
102 <para>As always, the main thrust of BLFS development will be to support
103 the changes in the current LFS development book, but we're releasing this
104 version of BLFS so that builders of the stable LFS book can continue on
105 into BLFS with known good instructions that should be 100% compatible to
106 provide a semi current and very stable Linux platform.</para>
108 <para>Enjoy!</para>
110 <blockquote>
111<literallayout>Randy McMurchy
112August 12th, 2008</literallayout>
113 </blockquote>
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