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Gentoo A relatively lengthy Q&A with Ciaran McCreesh about Paludis, the Portage alternative for Gentoo.
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RE[3]: relevancy?
by Snifflez on Mon 17th Dec 2007 04:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: relevancy?"
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"Does it really matter? In most cases, shouldn't software just be compiled with all the features it was designed to have?"

Nope. Example: MPlayer seems to have an ability to perform encoding functions, which I have absolutely no use for. On Gentoo, when I install MPlayer, I have an option not to compile any encoding features, since I have no use for them -- the only media I encode are MP3 files, and I don't use MPlayer for that. Another example: MPlayer can be built to take advantages of several types of video cards. All of my machines have NVidia cards, so on Gentoo I build MPlayer to use _only_ NVidia cards. Why should my build of MPlayer support i810 series of Intel cards if I don't have any? These are only 2 of at least 50 possible features that you can turn on or off easily in Gentoo.

And this is not about the disk space either. It's about having control over your operating system -- not the other way around. If I want to use an operating system that insists on controlling my computing experience, I can use Vista or some other Windows OS.

Insane obsessions, you say? How so? This is _my_ machine and _I_ want to have the final say in what gets installed on it. Me. Not some dude in Redmond or some other dude at Red Hat, Ubuntu or any other distro du jour.

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