LFS and the Hurd
I'm currently trying out LFS again. I'm using BLAG (basically FC5) as the base, and I'm reminded once again at how slow doing things with source is. I hear people complain about how slow YUM is, but compared with using source AND using all the test kits it is extremely fast. In a few days I should have quite a nice little LFS system, which I'll make sure is Free. With any luck I'll also be able to run CVS GNOME on it too as well as other mad things.
The thing I'm not looking forward too with the LFS is keeping packages updated. So I'll have to find a decent way of recording which software I have installed and which versions they are, and then finding out when the latest versions change so I can update my software base. I fear I'll have to hack together some weird scripts for this, but we'll see.
I'm also thinking about giving the Hurd a go via the Debian GNU/Hurd project. I think it'll be an experience trying to get the system to work as GNU/Linux now works, and may lead me to post bug patches etc. to help with the project. I look forward to the day there is the GNU operating system - kernel and all.