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deroyan: In Praise of Gentoo

May 01, 2005, 16:00 (7 Talkback[s])


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"In rebuilding my server, I've grown very accustomed to Gentoo Linux, the unique distribution that is source-based. 'Source-based' here means that you don't download binary applications and update your system with pre-compiled binary files. All gentoo updates and packages are source code packages and patches. When you install a new application, you download its source package with the 'emerge' package tool, and Gentoo automatically builds the package--specifically for your system and with your settings--and installs the package as every other distro normally does. The phenomenal ability to do this is absolutely mind-boggling. I have pretty good experience with the other major distros like the Red Hat varieties, SuSE, debian, Ubuntu, Slack and the other major players. So coming to Gentoo, I thought I'd have a real hard time installing and setting things up..."

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