Leetnux documentation

Andreas Krennmair


Revision History
Revision 0.112 Aug 2000
First version for review.

Table of Contents
Obtaining Leetnux
Installation of Leetnux
Installing Optional Packages
Configuration of Leetnux
Leetnux License


The Idea behind Leetnux

I first had the idea of creating my own Linux distribution when I tried to install a LinuxFromScratch system onto a LS-120 SuperDisk, which succeeded. I first thought, "it wouldn't be difficult maybe to automatize the installation", but later I had the idea, that I could prepare a system that only has to be unpacked onto a formatted ext2 partition, a little bit configured, lilo has to be installed, reboot, login, finished. If somebody wants to install additional packages, he can install them from a CD containing all packages described in LinuxFromScratch plus a collection of widely-used servers, development environments, desktop environments, window managers, games, a LaTeX distribution, Tcl/Tk, web and internet utilities and much more.

The Aims of Leetnux

The aims of Leetnux are:

  • to create a GNU/Linux distribution that is completely configurable without ANY configuration tools. Most modern distribution are bloated. Simple things became unclear, and even unconfigurable by hand. A special German distribution has its own configuration files, and tool, that has to be run to apply the changes in the configuration files to the actual system's configuration files :-/.

  • to give both the developer and the user insight to Linux's internals. There are so many things to be learned and discovered in a GNU/Linux installation, you won't believe it!

  • to satisfy the developer's ego ;-).


Every new Leetnux release will get a codename just as in other distributions (e.g. Debian ("Slink", "Potatoe", "Woody") or RedHat ("Hedwig", "Cartman", "Zoot")). But I will call my releases after places or heroes or events of the norse myths and sagas. Leetnux 0.1 has the codename "Thrymheim", which is the hall of the goddess Skadi. Skadi is the goddess of the winter. And no, don't ask, I will never call any release "Yggdrasil" :-). FYI, Yggdrasil is the ash tree that stood at the centre of the universe. Yggdrasil is also the name of a very early Linux distribution.