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Since Linux uses open-source packages, I was wondering if I could develop my own Linux distro by compiling these packages.

I tried to read the Linux From Scratch book but it's quite big and uses lots of packages.

I want to develop a small Linux distro using the Linux kernel and busybox. I tried searching on the internet but didn't find a good guide.

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Linux is very flexible. That is the reason by you need many packages to achieve a certain goal. What do you want to learn by developing a distribution on your own? –  Nils Feb 2 '12 at 21:17
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Looks like Mike Chirico has a document on this. There's an IBM developerWorks article that seems relevant, too. Good luck, you'll have fun with this.

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I'm going to be brutally honest here: at this point you do no one, yourself included, any favors by creating your own fully-customized distro. Several existing distros have established mechanisms for creating customized versions; I recommend you start with one of them and add/modify specific packages as appropriate.

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I have to disagree. LFS, and to a lesser extent, Gentoo, exist so that you can learn how to make a distro. I seriously doubt anyone would put LFS into an enterprise production environment, but I also heard a rumor that Arch linux started as a LFS instance. –  Bruce Ediger Feb 2 '12 at 2:53
    
@Bruce: Learning how to make your own distro is well and good, but I still stand by my answer. As for Arch Linux, whether or not it started out as LFS is irrelevant. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Feb 2 '12 at 3:01
    
I don't just want to have custom distro. I want to learn things –  Zeal Kaiser Feb 2 '12 at 3:35
    
-1: The question is not "do you think I should make my own distro?" but "how to develop a distro?". –  rahmu Feb 2 '12 at 8:02
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