Re: Starter distribution
Ken Moffat <zarniwhoop <at> ntlworld.com>
2012-01-14 17:44:14 GMT
On Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 03:58:10PM +0000, Clive Cooper wrote:
> I guess everyone will have their own preference here but for me there
> is no better Linux distro than ArchLinux. that statement is not
> intended to start a flame war.
unlike the second line in your .sig, on an lfs list :)
> I also strongly advise that you get more than just a few opinions
> though. What works for one person does not necessarily work for
So, here's my opinion - use whatever *recent* distro suits your
hardware. With two provisos:
(i.) if it's debian-derived, you will need to pay more attention to
getting the system requirements (not just enough to compile things,
but fixing awk and perhaps fixing /bin/sh)
(ii.) if it's bleeding edge (perticularly the toolchain, i.e.
binutils, gcc, glibc), you might have issues [ haven't seen any
reported problems recently, but they could appear again in the
And now, a few other comments -
For the moment, we don't support initrd / initramfs. When you come
to compile a kernel for your LFS system, you will need to build all
the essentials into it (filesystems, disk drivers), not as modules.
If you are able to try this on the host distro, for the same kernel
version, that will be time well spent (IMHO) because it's much
easier when you have a full system. OTOH, I don't suggest
you should spend days learning how to alter any particular host
system to let you do this. And as for which are easy / hard to do
this on, I've no idea.
Running in virtual machines brings its own set of problems, and
generally they are specific to a particular vm.
The big issue, for your initial host system, is that it supports
what you want to do. On a laptop, that normally means s2ram or
s2disk, and perhaps wireless.
BLFS is heading towards some improved wireless apps, I think : Andy
wants to add something, and I'll be merging in Wayne's gnome-3 work,
including NetworkManager, one day [ still building and checking the
"basic" packages, hopefully only another 20 or so before I can run
some of it ].
But for suspend, I have no idea how it's done - all I know is that
my netbook (running 'buntu - haven't had time to research this part)
has working s2ram but needs rescuing if I accidentally use s2disk.
There seem to still be competing implementations of suspend - on my
old ppc ibook it used to be so easy (just use pbbuttonsd, and s2ram
magically worked - provided you had an ati video chip).
Others can no doubt offer very different opinions.
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