2. Who would want to read this book

This book is intended for Linux users who want to setup their own custom built Linux system. Reasons for wanting to build such a system are diverse. Perhaps you want to get into more detail as to what happens behind the scenes. Perhaps you are fed up with distributions which are often bloated or perhaps you don't want to rely on pre-compiled binaries due to security concerns. There are many other reasons why someone may want a custom built system. If any of these reasons apply to you, this book is meant for you.

The fruits of building your own system are plentiful, but the labor may be hard. There is a long way ahead, but in the end you will be able to call yourself the proud owner of your own Linux system, completely tailored after your needs. You will dictate the layout of bootscripts, the file system hierarchy, which programs are installed in which directory, which versions of software to use, and more. Perhaps the most important reason is that you will know exactly what is installed where, why, and how.