Saturday, 31 August, 2002

Building a Linux From Scratch System

In my July 24, 2001 entry I mentioned Linux From Scratch, and that I was planning on building such a system.  I finally cobbled together another computer (that's three I have running here now, not counting Debra's machine) that I can play with.  The "new" computer is my old Dell Pentium 200 MHz system with 64 MB of RAM.  It's the system I used to write the Kylix book and do my first experiments with Linux.  I took the drives, monitor, and keyboard from the Dell to put into the new system, leaving me with a Dell case, motherboard, RAM, and power supply.  Last night I cannibalized an old 486 system for a few parts, located the Dell's original video card, and threw in a couple of old hard drives (3 GB and 8 GB).  SuSE Linux installed without a hitch, and I now have a minimal SuSE Linux system running in a 1 GB partition.  Following the instructions on the Linux From Scratch site, I've created a 2 GB partition for my LFS system.  I don't know yet what I'll do with the 8 GB drive.  I'll decide once the LFS system is up and running.  I start the LFS installation tomorrow, and will let you know how it goes.