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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 ?

Thanks

Compuboy_r

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 http://distrowatch.com/ 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).

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If you do have some UNIX or Linux experience and you want to compile items to learn how everything works, then I would recommend http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/.

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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