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Dec 18, 2007, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by George Makrydakis)

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"Self-hosting GNU/Linux distributions are one of our major interests here since we will be exploring that field as thoroughly as possible. They provide the entire building system for creating a GNU/Linux based platform on most architectures, tailored to suit particular needs. Among them we have various implementations of the same idea like Gentoo, T2, CLFS. The reason for it has little to do with 'optimize your binaries for your cpu' scenario, which for various reasons may not always be the best way to go. Thing is, that within the GNU/Linux distribution world, such projects allow end users to tap into a much bigger control power over their platform. Over its structural coherence, over its features and hidden gems. And that is the way such projects should be seen.

"Among these projects, there is also a varying degree in automation oriented towards providing the target system. Gentoo's Portage Package Management system can be seen as a heavily BSD ports-influenced system for building and deploying packages..."

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