Changeset f0da4bc for book/foreword.xml

04/17/2016 08:16:17 PM (6 years ago)
Bruce Dubbs <bdubbs@…>
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    1616  <title>Foreword</title>
    18   <!--
    19   <para>Version 6.0 is a major milestone in the evolution of BLFS.  This
    20   version provides installation instructions for 357 packages and an additional
    21   21 sections covering configuration and customization of different aspects
    22   of your system.</para>
    24   <para>Changes and upgrades to the individual packages are detailed in the
    25   <xref linkend="changelog"/>.  There you will see literally hundreds of
    26   changes made since the last edition.  In this change log, one name that you
    27   will see over and over is Randy McMurchy.  Without his efforts this
    28   release would not have been possible.  I want to take this opportunity to thank
    29   him for the hundreds of hours he has worked to produce this release.  I
    30   also want to thank the other editors, both past and present, whose insight
    31   and effort have made this current version possible.  Last, but certainly not least,
    32   I want to thank our resident XSL wizard, Manuel Canales Esparcia, whose
    33   ability to format a complicated document such as BLFS is truly amazing.</para>
    35   <para>There are two other areas of change that are worthy of note.  First,
    36   the license that BLFS is released under has changed significantly.  In
    37   fact, it is now released under two licenses.  The first license, the
    38   <xref linkend="CC"/>, covers the descriptive text in the book. The second, the
    39   <xref linkend="AFL"/>, covers the instructions actually used to build and
    40   install the packages.  These licenses, along with the book itself, represent
    41   our ongoing commitment to open and free software.</para>
    43   <para>The final area of change is the addition of an Index.  This section of
    44   the book is still incomplete, but as the book continues to be developed,
    45   will become an excellent resource for finding programs, libraries,
    46   configuration files, and references to kernel configuration requirements.  I
    47   hope you find it useful.</para>
    49   <blockquote>
    50 <literallayout>Bruce Dubbs
    51 March 17, 2005</literallayout>
    52   </blockquote>
    54   <para>Version 6.1 is an incremental update of BLFS.  This version
    55   continues the tradition of providing an extensive set of instructions for
    56   extending a basic Linux From Scratch system. The instructions in this
    57   version of BLFS are based on the LFS 6.1 Book.  As usual, the list of
    58   packages that have been upgraded or added are in the
    59   <xref linkend="changelog"/>.</para>
    61   <para>One major accomplishment in this
    62   version of the book is the completion of the Index.  This section
    63   is now a relatively complete (but not perfect) reference for the components
    64   of the various packages in the book.</para>
    66   <para>In any task as large and complex as this book, there are bound to
    67   be errors.  The editors of the book are dedicated to keeping the book up
    68   to date.  We appreciate any feedback in helping us to make the book as
    69   accurate as possible.  The best place to provide comments is via the
    70   mailing list at <ulink url="mailto:blfs-dev@&lfs-domainname;"/>.</para>
    72   <para>Enjoy!</para>
    74   <blockquote>
    75 <literallayout>Bruce Dubbs
    76 August 1, 2005</literallayout>
    77   </blockquote>
    79   <para>Version 6.2.0 is the complement to the LFS 6.2 book. More time has
    80   elapsed between the release of the previous version (6.1) and this one than
    81   in any other release cycle. Much of this is due to the fact that LFS 6.2
    82   took much longer to be released than was originally anticipated. Many new
    83   packages have been introduced in the 6.2.0 version, as well as many
    84   updates, refinements and additions to the existing packages.</para>
    86   <para>The BLFS book now provides build and configuration instructions for
    87   almost 400 packages. Some of the new packages introduced in this version are:
    88   autotooled XOrg, HAL, D-BUS, GStreamer (now broken out into separate plugin
    89   packages), usbutils, libquicktime, GraphViz, K3b, dvd+rw-tools, NSS, Libidn,
    90   GAIM, Poppler, SeaMonkey, XChat, Audacious, cairo and unixODBC. Major updates
    91   include GNOME-2.14.3 (with several new GNOME packages such as Totem,
    92   gnome-mount and gnome-volume-manager), KDE-3.5.6, Firefox-1.5.x,
    93   Thunderbird-1.5.x, and most of the mainline server packages. As always, the
    94   list of packages that have been upgraded or added as well as configuration
    95   and build command changes are annotated in the
    96   <xref linkend="changelog"/>.</para>
    98   <para>Unfortunately, BLFS activity was semi-stagnant for several months
    99   after (and shortly before) the LFS 6.2 release. Therefore, many of the
    100   packages are somewhat dated (compared to previous BLFS versions). This
    101   brings us to why the versioning scheme has changed. This release is 6.2.0
    102   as we fully anticipate releasing another version (6.2.1) just as soon as
    103   possible. The 6.2.1 release will also be based on the LFS-6.2 book, but
    104   will include updated packages, and fixes for any errors which may be
    105   discovered in 6.2.0.</para>
    107   <para>As always, the main thrust of BLFS development will be to support
    108   the changes in the current LFS development book, but any changes or
    109   updates to the BLFS development book (that are compatible with LFS 6.2)
    110   will also be merged into the BLFS 6.2 branch. This way, a 6.2.1 version
    111   of BLFS should be released fairly soon, and should provide a very current
    112   and stable Linux platform.</para>
    114   <para>Enjoy!</para>
    115   -->
    117   <para>This is the development version of the BLFS book. This version of the
    118   book is intended to be used when building on top of a system built using the
    119   LFS development book as well as the current stable version of LFS. Though this
    120   version of the book is development in nature, every effort has been made to
    121   ensure accuracy and reliability of the instructions. Many people find that
    122   using the instructions in this book after building the current stable or
    123   development version of LFS provides a stable and very modern Linux system.</para>
    125   <!--
    126   <para>If you have built LFS using a released version (the most recent being
    127   LFS-6.3), then you probably don't want to use this version of BLFS, as
    128   there could be incompatibilities. Instead, use the matching BLFS version
    129   which should be available on all the mirrors.</para>
    130   -->
     18  <para>This version of the book is intended to be used when building on top of
     19  a system built using the LFS book.  Every effort has been made to ensure
     20  accuracy and reliability of the instructions. Many people find that using the
     21  instructions in this book after building the current stable or development
     22  version of LFS provides a stable and very modern Linux system.</para>
    13224  <para>Enjoy!</para>
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