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4 <!ENTITY % general-entities SYSTEM "../general.ent">
5 %general-entities;
8<sect1 id="pre-foreword">
9 <?dbhtml filename="foreword.html"?>
11 <title>Foreword</title>
13<para>My journey to learn and better understand Linux began
14back in 1998. I had just installed my first Linux distribution and had
15quickly become intrigued with the whole concept and philosophy behind
18<para>There are always many ways to accomplish a single task. The same can be
19said about Linux distributions. A great many have existed over the years. Some
20still exist, some have morphed into something else, yet others have been
21relegated to our memories. They all do things differently to suit the needs of
22their target audience. Because so many different ways to accomplish the same
23end goal exist, I began to realize I no longer had to be limited by any one
24implementation. Prior to discovering Linux, we simply put up with issues in
25other Operating Systems as you had no choice. It was what it was, whether you
26liked it or not. With Linux, the concept of choice began to emerge. If you
27didn't like something, you were free, even encouraged, to change it.</para>
29<para>I tried a number of distributions and could not decide on any one. They
30were great systems in their own right. It wasn't a matter of right and
31wrong anymore. It had become a matter of personal taste. With all that
32choice available, it became apparent that there would not be a single
33system that would be perfect for me. So I set out to create my own Linux
34system that would fully conform to my personal preferences.</para>
36<para>To truly make it my own system, I resolved to compile everything from
37source code instead of using pre-compiled binary packages. This
38<quote>perfect</quote> Linux system would have the strengths of various
39systems without their perceived weaknesses. At first, the idea was rather
40daunting. I remained committed to the idea that such a system could be
43<para>After sorting through issues such as circular dependencies and compile-time
44errors, I finally built a custom-built Linux system. It was fully
45operational and perfectly usable like any of the other Linux systems out
46there at the time. But it was my own creation. It was very satisfying to
47have put together such a system myself. The only thing better would have
48been to create each piece of software myself. This was the next best
51<para>As I shared my goals and experiences with other members of the Linux
52community, it became apparent that there was a sustained interest in these
53ideas. It quickly became plain that such custom-built Linux systems
54serve not only to meet user specific requirements, but also serve as an
55ideal learning opportunity for programmers and system administrators to
56enhance their (existing) Linux skills. Out of this broadened interest, the
57<emphasis>Linux From Scratch Project</emphasis> was born.</para>
59<para>This Linux From Scratch book is the central core around that project. It
60provides the background and instructions necessary for you to design and
61build your own system. While this book provides a template that will result
62in a correctly working system, you are free to alter the instructions to
63suit yourself, which is, in part, an important part of this project. You
64remain in control; we just lend a helping hand to get you started on your
65own journey.</para>
67<para>I sincerely hope you will have a great time working on your own Linux From
68Scratch system and enjoy the numerous benefits of having a system that is
69truly your own.</para>
72Gerard Beekmans</literallayout>
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