Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2007 21:20 UTC, submitted by Innova
Gentoo "Over the past few days, I discovered that the Gentoo Foundation's charter is in the process of being revoked by the state of New Mexico, apparently due to regular paperwork not being filed by the trustees. What this means is that the Gentoo Foundation is currently hanging for its life by a string, and at any day could cease to exist as an entity. That is the very bad news. The good news is that I was able to talk to Grant Goodyear (trustee) this morning on the phone, and I have confirmed that Grant had received my email about the revocation issue that I sent 2 days ago and that he will be resolving this critical issue in the next couple of days by filing the appropriate paperwork with the state of New Mexico, and this paperwork will also remove me as President of the Foundation."
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RE[6]: I hope things work out
by b00gie on Tue 24th Jul 2007 17:51 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: I hope things work out"
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Half of all they do is use emerge. That's not different from any other decent package management system, feature-wise, except with Portage you have to wait hours sometimes for stuff to compile. But I digress. The point is, there's no particular control in simply using a packaging system, no more or less than on other distro's.


hmmm...

dev-lang/php-5.2.2-r1 USE="apache2 cli crypt ctype gd iconv mysql ncurses nls pcre readline reflection session spell spl ssl tidy truetype unicode xml zlib (-adabas) -bcmath -berkdb (-birdstep) -bzip2 -calendar -cdb -cgi -cjk -concurrentmodphp -curl -curlwrappers -db2 -dbase (-dbmaker) -debug -discard-path -doc (-empress) (-empress-bcs) (-esoob) -exif -fastbuild (-fdftk) -filter (-firebird) -flatfile -force-cgi-redirect (-frontbase) -ftp -gd-external -gdbm -gmp -hash -imap -inifile -interbase -iodbc -ipv6 -java-external -json -kerberos -ldap -ldap-sasl -libedit -mcve -mhash -msql -mssql -mysqli -oci8 (-oci8-instant-client) -odbc -pcntl -pdo -pdo-external -pic -posix -postgres -qdbm -recode -sapdb -sharedext -sharedmem -simplexml -snmp -soap -sockets (-solid) -sqlite -suhosin (-sybase) (-sybase-ct) -sysvipc -threads -tokenizer -wddx -xmlreader -xmlrpc -xmlwriter -xpm -xsl -yaz -zip -zip-external"

a little explanation for what u see...
anything between use="......" is what we call use flags and can be turn on or off depending on what you want to be compiled....
tell me now the other package manager with such control...

The other half of the grand illusion consists of mucking about with compile flags. I doubt a lot of people could seriously sit down and explain what -O does. I mean, really does, not "it makes the programs more stable/fast". And when the compilation is done they sit back and say "yeah, I can tell it's faster/more stable". Please. Give me proof or stop saying that.


I'm sorry but that is a basic understanding of how compilers work. If you use a certain compiler flag u get advantages and disadvantages (speed over stability and vice versa). You can look in forums.gentoo.org. There are many discussions for optimization flags you can use.
Also consider that a binary distro needs to keep legacy so they compile the packages for generic architectures like i686 or older in order to work for such machines while gentoo and all the other source based distros are compiled exactly for the architecture of your cpu and that means that your programs take advantage of specific abilities that cpu engineers have added and you have payed for...

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