This book is divided into the following fourteen parts.

Part I - Introduction

This part contains essential information which is needed to understand the rest of the book.

Part II - Post LFS Configuration and Extra Software

Here we introduce basic configuration and security issues. We also discuss a range of text editors, file systems, and shells which aren't covered in the main LFS book.

Part III - General Libraries and Utilities

In this section we cover libraries which are often needed throughout the book, as well as system utilities. Information on programming (including recompiling GCC to support its full range of languages) concludes this part.

Part IV - Basic Networking

Here we explain how to connect to a network when you aren't using the simple static IP setup presented in the main LFS book. Networking libraries and command-line networking tools are also covered here.

Part V - Servers

Here we show you how to set up mail and other servers (such as FTP, Apache, etc.).

Part VI - X + Window Managers

This part explains how to set up a basic X Window System, along with some generic X libraries and Window managers.

Part VII - KDE

This part is for those who want to use the K Desktop Environment, or parts of it.


GNOME is the main alternative to KDE in the Desktop Environment arena.

Part IX - Xfce

Xfce is a lightweight alternative to GNOME and KDE.

Part X - LXDE

LXDE is another lightweight alternative to GNOME and KDE.

Part XI - More X Software

Office programs and graphical web browsers are important to most people. They, and some generic X software, can be found in this part of the book.

Part XII - Multimedia

Here we cover multimedia libraries and drivers, along with some audio, video, and CD-writing programs.

Part XIII - Printing, Scanning and Typesetting (PST)

This part covers document handling, from applications like Ghostscript, CUPS, and DocBook, all the way to texlive.


The Appendices present information which doesn't belong in the body of book; they are included as reference material. The glossary of acronyms is a handy feature.