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Linux Top 3: Linux from Scratch, Ubuntu 14.01 Beta and Arch Updates

  • March 3, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Linux from Scratch 7.5

At one point or another, plenty of Linux users have longed for the ability to build their own distribution. There are lots of ways to do that, but one of most informative and educational has long been the Linux from Scratch effort (LFS)

Unlike say a SUSE Studio which uses pre-built components that enable users to build a distro, LFS is a book that gives users the tools and information needed to literally build a Linux distribution from scratch.

Linux from Scratch updated this week to version 7.5.

"The Linux From Scratch community announces the release of LFS Stable Version 7.5. It is a major release with toolchain updates to binutils-2.24, glibc-2.19, and gcc-4.8.2. In total, 32 packages (of 62) were updated from LFS-7.4 and changes to bootscripts and text have been made throughout the book," LFS developer Bruce Dobbs wrote.

2) Ubuntu 14.01 Beta

Ubuntu users are likely on the opposite end of the spectrum of LFS users (though there are always folks that still want to build their own), with its continuos focus on ease of use for new users.

This past week Ubuntu 14.01 also known as the 'Trusty Tahr' was first released in beta. The 14.01 release is a Long Term Support (LTS) release giving users up to five years of support.

The Ubuntu 14.04 release is currently scheduled to become generally available in April.

3) Arch Linux 03.01

While Arch Linux isn't quite a Linux from Scratch distro, it is a whole lot closer to one than Ubuntu is. This past week that latest incremental media update from Arch was released providing new users with updated installation media.

As a rolling release distro, existing users are constantly updating their distro.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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