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