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Linuxhelp _ Programming in Linux _ How To Compile My Own Linux ?

Posted by: compuboy_r Sep 26 2004, 10:50 AM

Linux is a Free Open Source Operating System.

But How can i Compile My Own Linux.
I am a newbie to Linux.

I am using Windows XP and want to install Linux but first i want to compile Linux on this machine and then install it.

How can this be done ?
What all do i need and where can i get it ?



Posted by: dizzy_poet Sep 26 2004, 01:58 PM

To run linux on most machines , you don't need to compile your own , just find a distro that you like . Try for more information as to which one you might like . I would suggest you try Knoppix or Slax both are " Live CD's " and don't install to your HDD . So you can try it out before you install . If your really want something very close to M$ , try SUSE 9.1 Live , very polished look , with power of Linux .

Posted by: hughesjr Sep 27 2004, 06:18 AM

dizzy_poet is right ... with most newer linux distros, you don't normally need to compile anything (except maybe a couple hardware drivers) to get a full linux install.

If you have no current Linux/UNIX experience, I would suggest that you try a live CD first as well.

If you like the live CD, I recommend either Mandrake 10.1 or Fedora Core 2 as your first real install (or SUSE 9.1 if you want to pay for the CD).


If you do have some UNIX or Linux experience and you want to compile items to learn how everything works, then I would recommend

I learned more about Linux by going through thier book and building from scratch than I did from any other source. I personally don't recommend this as your main PC, but it is a great learning experience. Once you have mastered LFS (do it a couple times so you understand what you are doing), then a Gentoo install is possible.

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