Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 16th Dec 2007 00:04 UTC, submitted by obsethryl
Gentoo A relatively lengthy Q&A with Ciaran McCreesh about Paludis, the Portage alternative for Gentoo.
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was a long time gentoo fan...
by nighty5 on Sun 16th Dec 2007 01:18 UTC
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I had a 18 month fling with Gentoo, what draw me in was the portage system, but ironically what threw me out was the same portage system.

Paludis points to many problems within portage, and I have first hand experience in some of the fundamental problems with the tool. It didn't seem to matter if you tried to not get your hands dirty, you almost certainly did anyway.

Some times, without notice portage would fail to install a peice of software after an upgrade. Paludis lightly touches on points about buggy software and the fact that those bugs won't be found until you hit runtime, instead of compile time. This is also reflected in the fact there is no test suites (as stated)

I love the prospect of Paludis written in C++, may take a look at it.

What broke the camels back for was when one day I wanted to upgrade to glibc 2.5, portage simply wouldn't. (errors, failures, dependances etc) I tried for months to get it to upgrade. I had invested significant time into Gentoo as a server build so it was very upsetting to get rid of it.

Maybe Paludis can save Gentoo? In the end I installed Ubuntu.

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