I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
I hope you have a lot of fun, but more importantly I hope you learn a lot! I have gone through several editions of the book compiling various combinations and following the extra guides on security (BLFS) etc.
Try to change some of the build options once you are confident, because as much as people say you can't the guy from slackware makes all changes himself (or he did at one point).
Did this in ancient times. Was an extremely useful learning experience.
But IMO, given the complexity of current Linux distros, it makes sense only if you don't find something more useful to do, and have absolutely no clue about how Linux works. Otherwise, you're better off digging into particularities of one specific app/daemon/system/whatever it is you're interested in - you'll never be able to learn and keep up with all changes in every little bit of the system you use.
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