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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Wow you sure got Gentoo totally the wrong way :O Gentoo isn't about optimizing everything with some magical compiler parameters and somehow magically having a whole lot faster distro than everyone else...It's about being able to customize everything for specifically yourself and your machine. I have been using Gentoo for years and there just simply isn't anything that could draw me away from it. F.ex. I can install MPlayer with exactly the features I want, but on the binary distros you're stuck with what they provide you.. Oh, and just to say something about those optimizations: no, optimizing and tweaking some GUI app won't mean much but if you're for example running Apache.....Having Apache optimized for the hardware it is running on will benefit a lot more. I instruct gcc to optimize my server software for max speed whereas I instruct gcc to optimize my GUI apps for size. The smaller size the binaries are the faster they load and less memory is used, you know? But on a binary distro you don't have that kind of a power.

EDIT: Just thought to add here that I see it kind of stupid to be compiling new software every day...I usually sync portage tree once every two weeks and update everything then. I'll just leave it compiling them while I'm out of home or sleeping.

Edited 2007-12-16 11:36

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