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11 <title>Preface</title>
13 <sect1 id="preface-foreword">
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21 <title>Foreword</title>
23 <para>Having helped out with Linux From Scratch for a short time, I
24 noticed that we were getting many queries as to how to do things beyond
25 the base LFS system. At the time, the only assistance specifically offered
26 relating to LFS were the LFS hints (<ulink url="&hints-root;"/>).
27 Most of the LFS hints are extremely good and well written
28 but I (and others) could still see a need for more comprehensive help to
29 go Beyond LFS - hence BLFS.</para>
31 <para>BLFS aims to be more than the LFS-hints converted to XML although
32 much of our work is based around the hints and indeed some authors write
33 both hints and the relevant BLFS sections. We hope that we can provide
34 you with enough information to not only manage to build your system up to
35 what you want, whether it be a web server or a multimedia desktop system,
36 but also that you will learn a lot about system configuration as you go.</para>
38 <para>Thanks as ever go to everyone in the LFS/BLFS
39 community; especially those who have contributed instructions, written text,
40 answered questions and generally shouted when things were wrong!</para>
42 <para>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 at
44 You can find more details about all of these in the
45 <xref linkend="introduction"/> section of the book.</para>
47 <para>Enjoy using BLFS.</para>
49 <blockquote>
50<literallayout>Mark Hymers
51markh &lt;at&gt;
52BLFS Editor (July 2001&ndash;March 2003)</literallayout>
53 </blockquote>
55 <para>I still remember how I found the BLFS project
56 and started using the instructions that were completed at the time. I could
57 not believe how wonderful it was to get an application up and running very
58 quickly, with explanations as to why things were done a certain way.
59 Unfortunately, for me, it wasn't long before I was opening applications that
60 had nothing more than "To be done" on the page. I did what most would do,
61 I waited for someone else to do it. It wasn't too long before I am looking
62 through <application>Bugzilla</application> for something easy to do.
63 As with any learning experience, the definition of what was easy kept
64 changing.</para>
66 <para>We still encourage you to become involved as BLFS is
67 never really finished. Contributing or just using, we hope you enjoy
68 your BLFS experience.</para>
70 <blockquote>
71<literallayout>Larry Lawrence
72larry &lt;at&gt;
73BLFS Editor (March 2003&ndash;June 2004)</literallayout>
74 </blockquote>
76 <para>The BLFS project is a natural progression of
77 LFS. Together, these projects provide a unique resource for
78 the Open Source Community. They take the mystery out of the process of
79 building a complete, functional software system from the source code contributed
80 by many talented individuals throughout the world. They truly allow users
81 to implement the slogan "Your distro, your rules."</para>
83 <para>Our goal is to continue to provide the best resource available that shows
84 you how to integrate many significant Open Source applications. Since these
85 applications are constantly updated and new applications are developed, this
86 book will never be complete. Additionally, there is always room for
87 improvement in explaining the nuances of how to install the different packages.
88 To make these improvements, we need your feedback. I encourage you to
89 participate on the different mailing lists, news groups, and
90 IRC channels to help meet these goals.</para>
92 <blockquote>
93<literallayout>Bruce Dubbs
94bdubbs &lt;at&gt;
95BLFS Editor (June 2004&ndash;Present)</literallayout>
96 </blockquote>
99 <sect2>
100 <title>Preface to Version 6.0</title>
102 <para>Version 6.0 is a major milestone in the evolution of BLFS. This
103 version provides installation instructions for 357 packages and an additional
104 21 sections covering configuration and customization of different aspects
105 of your system.</para>
107 <para>Changes and upgrades to the individual packages are detailed in the
108 <xref linkend='changelog'/>. There you will see literally hundreds of
109 changes made since the last edition. In this change log, one name that you
110 will see over and over is Randy McMurchy. Without his efforts this
111 release would not have been possible. I want to take this opportunity to thank
112 him for the hundreds of hours he has worked to produce this release. I
113 also want to thank the other editors, both past and present, whose insight
114 and effort have made this current version possible. Last, but certainly not least,
115 I want to thank our resident XSL wizard, Manuel Canales Esparcia, whose
116 ability to format a complicated document such as BLFS is truly amazing.</para>
118 <para>There are two other areas of change that are worthy of note. First,
119 the license that BLFS is released under has changed significantly. In
120 fact, it is now released under two licenses. The first license, the
121 <xref linkend='CC'/>, covers the descriptive text in the book. The second, the
122 <xref linkend='AFL'/>, covers the instructions actually used to build and
123 install the packages. These licenses, along with the book itself, represent
124 our ongoing commitment to open and free software.</para>
126 <para>The final area of change is the addition of an Index. This section of
127 the book is still incomplete, but as the book continues to be developed,
128 will become an excellent resource for finding programs, libraries,
129 configuration files, and references to kernel configuration requirements. I
130 hope you find it useful.</para>
132 <blockquote>
133<literallayout>Bruce Dubbs
134March 17, 2005</literallayout>
135 </blockquote>
137 </sect2>
139 <sect2>
140 <title>Preface to Version 6.1</title>
142 <para>Version 6.1 is an incremental update of BLFS. This version
143 continues the tradition of providing an extensive set of instructions for
144 extending a basic Linux From Scratch system. The instructions in this
145 version of BLFS are based on the LFS 6.1 Book. As usual, the list of
146 packages that have been upgraded or added are in the
147 <xref linkend='changelog'/>.</para>
149 <para>One major accomplishment in this
150 version of the book is the completion of the Index. This section
151 is now a relatively complete (but not perfect) reference for the components
152 of the various packages in the book.</para>
154 <para>In any task as large and complex as this book, there are bound to
155 be errors. The editors of the book are dedicated to keeping the book up
156 to date. We appreciate any feedback in helping us to make the book as
157 accurate as possible. The best place to provide comments is via the
158 mailing list at <ulink url=""/>.</para>
160 <para>Enjoy!</para>
162 <blockquote>
163<literallayout>Bruce Dubbs
164August 1, 2005</literallayout>
165 </blockquote>
169 </sect1>
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179 <title>Who Would Want to Read this Book</title>
181 <para>This book is mainly aimed at those who have built a system based
182 on the LFS book. It will also be useful for those who are using other
183 distributions, but for one reason or another want to manually build
184 software and are in need of some assistance. Note that the material
185 contained in this book, in particular the dependency listings, is based
186 upon the assumption that you are using a base LFS system with every
187 package listed in the LFS book already installed and configured. BLFS can
188 be used to create a range of diverse systems and so the target audience is
189 probably nearly as wide as that of the LFS book. If you found LFS useful,
190 you should also like this!</para>
192 <para>Since Release 5.0, the BLFS book version matches
193 the LFS book version. This book may be incompatible with
194 a previous or latter release of the LFS book.</para>
196 </sect1>
198 <sect1 id="preface-organization">
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206 <title>Organization</title>
208 <para>This book is divided into the following parts.</para>
210 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part I - Introduction</bridgehead>
212 <para>This part contains information which is essential to
213 the rest of the book.</para>
215 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part II - Post LFS Configuration and Extra
216 Software</bridgehead>
218 <para>Here we introduce basic configuration and security issues. We also
219 discuss a range of editors, file systems, and shells which aren't covered in
220 the main LFS book.</para>
222 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part III - General Libraries and Utilities</bridgehead>
224 <para>In this section we cover libraries which are often needed by the rest
225 of the book as well as system utilities. Information on Programming
226 (including recompiling <application>GCC</application> to support its full range
227 of languages) concludes this part.</para>
229 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part IV - Connecting to a Network</bridgehead>
231 <para>Here we cover how to connect to a network when you aren't using the
232 simple static IP setup given in the main LFS book.</para>
234 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part V - Basic Networking</bridgehead>
236 <para>Networking libraries and command-line networking tools make up the
237 bulk of this part.</para>
239 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part VI - Major Servers</bridgehead>
241 <para>Here we deal with setting up mail and other servers (such as
242 <application>SSH</application>, <application>Apache</application>, etc.).</para>
244 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part VII - X + Window Managers</bridgehead>
246 <para>This part explains how to set up a basic <application>X Window
247 System</application> installation along with some generic
248 <application>X</application> libraries and Window managers.</para>
250 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part VIII - KDE</bridgehead>
252 <para>For those who want to use the <application>K Desktop
253 Environment</application> or some parts of it, this part covers it.</para>
255 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part IX - GNOME</bridgehead>
257 <para><application>GNOME</application> is the main alternative to
258 <application>KDE</application> in the Desktop Environment arena and
259 we cover both <application>GNOME</application>-1.4
260 and <application>GNOME</application>-&gnome-version; here.</para>
262 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part X - X Software</bridgehead>
264 <para>Office programs and graphical web browsers are important to most people.
265 They, along with some generic <application>X</application> software can be
266 found in this part of the book.</para>
268 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part XI - Multimedia</bridgehead>
270 <para>Here we cover setting multimedia libraries and drivers along with some
271 audio, video and CD-writing programs.</para>
273 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Part XII - Printing, Scanning and
274 Typesetting (PST)</bridgehead>
276 <para>The PST part of the book covers document handling with applications like
277 <application>Ghostscript</application>, <application>CUPS</application> and
278 <application>DocBook</application> to installing
279 <application>TeX</application>.</para>
281 <bridgehead renderas="sect2">Appendices</bridgehead>
283 <para>The Appendices cover information which doesn't belong in the main
284 book; they are mainly there as a reference.</para>
286 </sect1>
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