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16<para>Having helped out with Linux From Scratch for a short time, I
17noticed that we were getting many queries as to how to do things beyond
18the base <acronym>LFS</acronym> system. At the time, the only assistance
19specifically offered relating to <acronym>LFS</acronym> were the
20<acronym>LFS</acronym> hints (<ulink url="&hints-root;">&hints-root;</ulink>).
21Most of the <acronym>LFS</acronym> hints are extremely good and well written
22but I (and others) could still see a need for more comprehensive help to
23go Beyond <acronym>LFS</acronym> - hence <acronym>BLFS</acronym>.</para>
25<para><acronym>BLFS</acronym> aims to be more than the
26<acronym>LFS</acronym>-hints converted to <acronym>XML</acronym> although
27much of our work is based around the hints and indeed some authors write
28both hints and the relevant <acronym>BLFS</acronym> sections. We hope that
29we can provide you with enough information to not only manage to build your
30system up to what you want, whether it be a web server or a multimedia desktop
31system, but also that you will learn a lot about system configuration as
32you go.</para>
34<para>Thanks as ever go to everyone in the <acronym>LFS</acronym>/<acronym>BLFS</acronym>
35community; especially those who have contributed instructions, written text,
36answered questions and generally shouted when things were wrong!</para>
38<para>Finally, we encourage you to become involved in the community; ask
39questions on the mailing list or news gateway and join in the fun on #lfs at You can find more details about all of these in the
41<xref linkend="introduction"/> section of the book.</para>
43<para>Enjoy using <acronym>BLFS</acronym>.</para>
45<blockquote><literallayout>Mark Hymers
46markh &lt;at&gt;
47BLFS Editor (July 2001 - March 2003)</literallayout></blockquote>
49<para>I still remember how I found the <acronym>BLFS</acronym> project
50and started using the instructions that were completed at the time. I could
51not believe how wonderful it was to get an application up and running very
52quickly, with explanations as to why things were done a certain way.
53Unfortunately, for me, it wasn't long before I was opening applications that
54had nothing more than "To be done" on the page. I did what most would do,
55I waited for someone else to do it. It wasn't too long before I am looking
56through <application>Bugzilla</application> for something easy to do.
57As with any learning experience, the definition of what was easy kept
60<para>We still encourage you to become involved as <acronym>BLFS</acronym> is
61never really finished. Contributing or just using, we hope you enjoy
62your <acronym>BLFS</acronym> experience.</para>
64<blockquote><literallayout>Larry Lawrence
65larry &lt;at&gt;
66BLFS Editor (March 2003 - June 2004)</literallayout></blockquote>
70<sect1 id="preface-whoread">
71<?dbhtml filename="whoread.html"?>
72<title>Who would want to read this book</title>
74<para>This book is mainly aimed at those who have built a system based
75on the <acronym>LFS</acronym> book. It will also be useful for those who are
76using other distributions, but for one reason or another want to manually build
77software and are in need of some assistance. <acronym>BLFS</acronym> can be
78used to create a range of diverse systems and so the target audience is
79probably nearly as wide as that of the <acronym>LFS</acronym> book. If you
80found <acronym>LFS</acronym> useful, you should also like this!</para>
82<para>Since Release 5.0, the <acronym>BLFS</acronym> book version matches
83the <acronym>LFS</acronym> book version. This book may be incompatible with
84a previous or latter release of the <acronym>LFS</acronym> book.</para>
88<sect1 id="preface-organization">
89<?dbhtml filename="organization.html"?>
92<para>This book is divided into the following parts.</para>
94<sect2><title>Part I - Introduction</title>
95<para>This part contains information which is essential to
96the rest of the book.</para></sect2>
98<sect2><title>Part II - Post <acronym>LFS</acronym> Configuration and Extra
100<para>Here we introduce basic configuration and security issues. We also
101discuss a range of editors, file systems and shells which aren't covered in
102the main <acronym>LFS</acronym> book.</para></sect2>
104<sect2><title>Part III - General Libraries and Utilities</title>
105<para>In this section we cover libraries which are often needed by the rest
106of the book as well as system utilities. Information on Programming
107(including recompiling <application>GCC</application> to support its full range
108of languages) concludes this part.</para></sect2>
110<sect2><title>Part IV - Connecting to a Network</title>
111<para>Here we cover how to connect to a network when you aren't using
112the simple static <acronym>IP</acronym> setup given in the main
113<acronym>LFS</acronym> book.</para></sect2>
115<sect2><title>Part V - Basic Networking</title>
116<para>Networking libraries and command-line networking tools make up the
117bulk of this part.</para></sect2>
119<sect2><title>Part VI - Server Networking</title>
120<para>Here we deal with setting up mail and other servers (such as
121<application><acronym>SSH</acronym></application>, <application><acronym>CVS
122</acronym></application>, etc.).</para></sect2>
124<sect2><title>Part VII - Content Serving</title>
125<para>In this part we deal with databases and web server software.</para></sect2>
127<sect2><title>Part VIII - X + Window Managers</title>
128<para>This part explains how to set up a basic
129X Window System installation along
130with some generic <application>X</application> libraries and Window managers.</para></sect2>
132<sect2><title>Part IX - KDE</title>
133<para>For those who want to use the K Desktop Environment or some parts of
134it, this part covers it.</para></sect2>
136<sect2><title>Part X - GNOME</title>
137<para>GNOME is the main alternative to KDE in the Desktop Environment arena and
138we cover both GNOME-1.4
139and GNOME-&gnome-version; here.</para></sect2>
141<sect2><title>Part XI - X Software</title>
142<para>Office programs and graphical web browsers are important to most people.
143They, along with some generic <application>X</application> software can be
144found in this part of the book.</para></sect2>
146<sect2><title>Part XII - Multimedia</title>
147<para>Here we cover setting multimedia libraries and drivers along with some
148audio, video and <acronym>CD</acronym>-writing programs.</para></sect2>
150<sect2><title>Part XIII - Printing, Scanning and Typesetting</title>
151<para>The <acronym>PST</acronym> part of the book covers things from
152<application>Ghostscript</application>, <application><acronym>CUPS</acronym>
153</application> and <application>DocBook</application>
154to installing <application>TeX</application>.</para></sect2>
157<para>The Appendices cover information which doesn't belong in the main
158book; they are mainly there as a reference.</para></sect2>
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