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Yes they call it Linux From Scratch, but I think your description is more accurate since even if you compile the source code yourself, you haven't written the source code, it was written by someone else.
originally posted by: sn0rch
You customise linux really, not build your own, unless you are a dedicated programmer with a lot of experience with linux..
The idea is appealing to some, who don't want a bloated OS with lots of features they will never use.
Welcome to Linux From Scratch!
Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with step-by-step instructions for building your own custom Linux system, entirely from source code.
Currently, the Linux From Scratch organization consists of the following subprojects:
LFS :: Linux From Scratch is the main book, the base from which all other projects are derived.
BLFS :: Beyond Linux From Scratch helps you extend your finished LFS installation into a more customized and usable system.
ALFS :: Automated Linux From Scratch provides tools for automating and managing LFS and BLFS builds.
My post didn't address that concept, but since you brought it up, compiling yourself from source code doesn't make it safe, but it does make one less avenue for insertion of malware unless you do a careful check of the compiled source. So if for example, the software source code didn't have a back door, and you compiled it, then your compiled version would also not have a back door.
originally posted by: Bedlam
As long as you don't think having the source code also makes you safer. It doesn't. Verbum sapienti.