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Polished the prose; eliminated pleonastic verbiage. Eschew the adverb!
Did what I could to make this chapter more interesting. We have a tendency
to use the same word ("part") over and over again. Variety is better.

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1<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
2<!DOCTYPE sect1 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<sect1 id="whichsections" xreflabel="Which sections of the book?">
9 <?dbhtml filename="which.html"?>
10
11 <sect1info>
12 <date>$Date$</date>
13 </sect1info>
14
15 <title>Which Sections of the Book Do I Want?</title>
16
17 <para>Unlike the Linux From Scratch book, BLFS isn't designed to be
18 followed in a linear manner. LFS provides instructions
19 on how to create a base system which can become anything
20 from a web server to a multimedia desktop system. BLFS attempts
21 to guide you in the process of going from the base system to your intended
22 destination. Choice is very much involved.</para>
23
24 <para>Everyone who reads this book will want to read certain sections. The
25 <xref linkend="introduction"/>, which you are currently reading,
26 contains generic information. Take special note of the information in
27 <xref linkend="important"/>, as this contains comments about how to
28 unpack software, issues related to the use of different locales, and various other
29 considerations which apply throughout the book.</para>
30
31 <para>The part on <xref linkend="postlfs"/> is where most people will want
32 to turn next. This deals not only with configuration, but also with Security
33 (<xref linkend="postlfs-security"/>), File Systems (<xref
34 linkend="postlfs-filesystems"/> -- including GRUB for UEFI), Editors (<xref
35 linkend="postlfs-editors"/>), and Shells (<xref linkend="postlfs-shells"/>).
36 Indeed, you may wish to reference some parts of this chapter (especially
37 the sections on Editors and File Systems) while building your LFS
38 system.</para>
39
40 <para>Following these basic items, most people will want to at least browse
41 through the <xref linkend="general"/> part of the book. This contains
42 information on many items which are prerequisites for other sections of the
43 book, as well as some items (such as <xref linkend="general-prog"/>)
44 which are useful in their own right. You don't have to install all
45 of the libraries and packages found in this part; each
46 BLFS installation procedure tells you which other packages this one
47 depends upon. You can choose the program you want to install, and see
48 what it needs. (Don't forget to check for nested dependencies!)</para>
49
50 <para>Likewise, most people will probably want to look at the
51 <xref linkend="basicnet"/> section. It deals with connecting to the Internet
52 or your LAN (<xref linkend="basicnet-connect"/>)
53 using a variety of methods such as DHCP and PPP, and with items
54 such as Networking Libraries (<xref linkend="basicnet-netlibs"/>), plus various
55 basic networking programs and utilities.</para>
56
57 <para>Once you have dealt with these basics, you may wish to configure
58 more advanced network services. These are dealt with in the <xref
59 linkend="server"/> part of the book. Those wanting to build servers
60 should find a good starting point there. Note that this section
61 also contains information on several database packages.</para>
62
63 <para>The next twelve chapters deal with desktop systems. This
64 portion of the book starts with a part talking about <xref linkend="x"/>. This
65 part also deals with some generic X-based libraries (<xref linkend="x-lib"/>).
66 After that, <xref linkend="kde"/>, <xref linkend="gnome"/>,
67 <xref linkend="xfce"/>, and <xref linkend="lxde"/> are given their
68 own parts, followed by one on <xref linkend="xsoft"/>.</para>
69
70 <para>The book then moves on to deal with <xref linkend="multimedia"/>
71 packages. Note that many people may want to use the <xref linkend="alsa"/>
72 instructions from this chapter when first starting their BLFS
73 journey; the instructions are placed here because it is the most logical
74 place for them.</para>
75
76 <para>The final part of the main BLFS book deals with <xref
77 linkend="pst"/>. This is useful for most people with desktop systems, but
78 even those who are creating dedicated server systems may find it useful.</para>
79
80 <para>We hope you enjoy using BLFS. May you realize your dream of building
81 the perfectly personalized Linux system!</para>
82
83</sect1>
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