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1<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
2<!DOCTYPE preface PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.5//EN"
3 "http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/xml/4.5/docbookx.dtd" [
4 <!ENTITY % general-entities SYSTEM "../general.ent">
5 %general-entities;
6]>
7
8<preface id="preface" xreflabel="Preface">
9 <?dbhtml filename="preface.html" dir="preface"?>
10
11 <title>Preface</title>
12
13 <para>
14 Having helped out with Linux From Scratch for a short time, I
15 noticed that we were getting many queries as to how to do things beyond
16 the base LFS system. At the time, the only assistance specifically offered
17 relating to LFS were the LFS hints (<ulink url="&hints-root;"/>).
18 Most of the LFS hints are extremely good and well written
19 but I (and others) could still see a need for more comprehensive help to
20 go Beyond LFS &mdash; hence BLFS.
21 </para>
22
23 <para>
24 BLFS aims to be more than the LFS-hints converted to XML although
25 much of our work is based around the hints and indeed some authors write
26 both hints and the relevant BLFS sections. We hope that we can provide
27 you with enough information to not only manage to build your system up to
28 what you want, whether it be a web server or a multimedia desktop system,
29 but also that you will learn a lot about system configuration as you go.
30 </para>
31
32 <para>
33 Thanks as ever go to everyone in the LFS/BLFS
34 community; especially those who have contributed instructions, written text,
35 answered questions and generally shouted when things were wrong!
36 </para>
37
38 <para>
39 Finally, we encourage you to become involved in the community; ask
40 questions on the mailing list or news gateway and join in the fun on #lfs
41 and #lfs-support at Libera. You can find more details about all of these
42 in the <xref linkend="introduction"/> section of the book.
43 </para>
44
45 <para>
46 Enjoy using BLFS.
47 </para>
48
49 <blockquote>
50<literallayout>Mark Hymers
51markh &lt;at&gt; &lfs-domainname;
52BLFS Editor (July 2001&ndash;March 2003)</literallayout>
53 </blockquote>
54
55 <para>
56 I still remember how I found the BLFS project
57 and started using the instructions that were completed at the time. I could
58 not believe how wonderful it was to get an application up and running very
59 quickly, with explanations as to why things were done a certain way.
60 Unfortunately, for me, it wasn't long before I was opening applications that
61 had nothing more than "To be done" on the page. I did what most would do,
62 I waited for someone else to do it. It wasn't too long before I am looking
63 through <application>Bugzilla</application> for something easy to do.
64 As with any learning experience, the definition of what was easy kept
65 changing.
66 </para>
67
68 <para>
69 We still encourage you to become involved as BLFS is
70 never really finished. Contributing or just using, we hope you enjoy
71 your BLFS experience.
72 </para>
73
74 <blockquote>
75<literallayout>Larry Lawrence
76larry &lt;at&gt; &lfs-domainname;
77BLFS Editor (March 2003&ndash;June 2004)</literallayout>
78 </blockquote>
79
80 <para>
81 The BLFS project is a natural progression of
82 LFS. Together, these projects provide a unique resource for
83 the Open Source Community. They take the mystery out of the process of
84 building a complete, functional software system from the source code
85 contributed by many talented individuals throughout the world. They truly
86 allow users to implement the slogan
87 <quote><emphasis>Your distro, your rules</emphasis></quote>.
88 </para>
89
90 <para>
91 Our goal is to continue to provide the best resource available that shows
92 you how to integrate many significant Open Source applications. Since these
93 applications are constantly updated and new applications are developed, this
94 book will never be complete. Additionally, there is always room for
95 improvement in explaining the nuances of how to install the different
96 packages. To make these improvements, we need your feedback. I encourage
97 you to participate on the different mailing lists, news groups, and
98 IRC channels to help meet these goals.
99 </para>
100
101 <blockquote>
102<literallayout>Bruce Dubbs
103bdubbs &lt;at&gt; &lfs-domainname;
104BLFS Editor (June 2004&ndash;December 2006 and February 2011&ndash;now)</literallayout>
105 </blockquote>
106
107 <para>
108 My introduction to the [B]LFS project was actually by accident. I
109 was trying to build a <application>GNOME</application> environment using
110 some how-tos and other information I found on the web. A couple of times
111 I ran into some build issues and Googling pulled up some old BLFS mailing
112 list messages. Out for curiosity, I visited the Linux From Scratch web site
113 and shortly thereafter was hooked. I've not used any other Linux
114 distribution for personal use since.
115 </para>
116
117 <para>
118 I can't promise anyone will feel the sense of satisfaction I felt
119 after building my first few systems using [B]LFS instructions, but I
120 sincerely hope that your BLFS experience is as rewarding for you as it has
121 been for me.
122 </para>
123
124 <para>
125 The BLFS project has grown significantly the last couple of years.
126 There are more package instructions and related dependencies than ever
127 before. The project requires your input for continued success. If you
128 discover that you enjoy building BLFS, please consider helping out in any
129 way you can. BLFS requires hundreds of hours of maintenance to keep it
130 even semi-current. If you feel confident enough in your editing skills,
131 please consider joining the BLFS team. Simply contributing to the mailing
132 list discussions with sound advice and/or providing patches to the book's
133 XML will probably result in you receiving an invitation to join the
134 team.
135 </para>
136
137 <blockquote>
138<literallayout>Randy McMurchy
139randy &lt;at&gt; &lfs-domainname;
140BLFS Editor (December 2006&ndash;January 2011)</literallayout>
141 </blockquote>
142
143 <xi:include xmlns:xi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XInclude" href="foreword.xml"/>
144 <xi:include xmlns:xi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XInclude" href="whoread.xml"/>
145 <xi:include xmlns:xi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XInclude" href="organization.xml"/>
146 <!-- <xi:include xmlns:xi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XInclude" href="errata.xml"/> -->
147
148</preface>
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