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16 <title>Which Sections of the Book Do I Want?</title>
18 <para>Unlike the Linux From Scratch book, BLFS isn't designed to be
19 followed in a linear manner. This is because LFS provides instructions
20 on how to create a base system which is capable of turning into anything
21 from a web server to a multimedia desktop system. BLFS is where we try
22 to guide you in the process of going from the base system to your intended
23 destination. Choice is very much involved.</para>
25 <para>Everyone who reads the book will want to read certain sections. The
26 <xref linkend="introduction"/> part, which you are currently reading,
27 contains generic information. Especially take note of the information in
28 <xref linkend="important"/>, as this contains comments about how to
29 unpack software, issues related to using different locales and various other
30 aspects which apply throughout the book.</para>
32 <para>The part on <xref linkend="postlfs"/> is where most people will want
33 to turn next. This deals with not just configuration but also Security
34 (<xref linkend="postlfs-security"/>), File Systems (<xref
35 linkend="postlfs-filesystems"/>), Editors (<xref
36 linkend="postlfs-editors"/>) and Shells (<xref linkend="postlfs-shells"/>).
37 Indeed, you may wish to reference certain parts of this chapter (especially
38 the sections on Editors and File Systems) while building your LFS
39 system.</para>
41 <para>Following these basic items, most people will want to at least browse
42 through the <xref linkend="general"/> part of the book. This part contains
43 information on many items which are prerequisites for other sections of the
44 book as well as some items (such as <xref linkend="general-prog"/>)
45 which are useful in their own right. Note that you don't have to install all
46 of these libraries and packages found in this part to start with as each
47 BLFS installation procedure tells you which packages
48 it depends upon so you can choose the program you want to install and see
49 what it needs.</para>
51 <para>Likewise, most people will probably want to look at the <xref
52 linkend="connect"/> and <xref linkend="basicnet"/> parts. The first of
53 these deals with connecting to the Internet or your LAN
54 using a variety of methods such as DHCP
55 (<xref linkend="connect-dhcp"/>) and Dial-Up Connections (<xref
56 linkend="connect-dialup"/>). The second of these parts deals with items
57 such as Networking Libraries (<xref linkend="basicnet-netlibs"/>) and various
58 basic networking programs and utilities.</para>
60 <para>Once you have dealt with these basics, you may wish to configure
61 more advanced network services. These are dealt with in the <xref
62 linkend="server"/> part of the book. Those wanting to build servers
63 should find a good starting point there. Note that this section
64 also contains information on various database packages.</para>
66 <para>The next parts of the book principally deal with desktop systems. This
67 portion of the book starts with a part talking about <xref linkend="x"/>. This
68 part also deals with some generic X-based libraries (<xref linkend="x-lib"/>).
69 After this, <xref linkend="kde"/> and <xref linkend="gnome"/> are given their
70 own parts which are followed by one on <xref linkend="xsoft"/>.</para>
72 <para>The book then moves on to deal with <xref linkend="multimedia"/>
73 packages. Note that many people may want to use the <xref linkend="alsa"/>
74 instructions from this chapter quite near the start of their BLFS
75 journey; they are placed here simply because it is the most logical
76 place for them.</para>
78 <para>The final part of the main BLFS book deals with <xref
79 linkend="pst"/>. This is useful for most people with desktop systems and
80 even those who are creating mainly server systems will find it useful.</para>
82 <para>We hope you enjoy using BLFS and find it useful.</para>
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