Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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RE: Slackware
by root on Tue 10th Feb 2004 22:43 UTC

Portage is a neat idea, but seriously who needs it. I much prefer to be able to type apt-get install package (or yum) and have it installed 10 sec later as apposed to 2 hours later when its done compiling.

Whatever works for you friend. 95% of the packages I install compile under 5 minutes. Moreso, I probably spend 0.01% of my time installing software. I haven't installed software in ages. I do update my system (emerge ?u world) every month, but as you well know, that doesn't mean I can't use my system. The compilation runs in the background while carry out other functions.

If I desperately and urgently need a package instantenously, which has never happened before, all I need to do is install a binary package for it and when I have time, I can always compile it later. Gentoo's portage has binary packages for very large files (e.g. KDE, GNOME, Mozilla, Xfree, etc).

Binary packages for the most part have been unstable and sometimes slower in my experience. There have been several instances where a binary package is configured without the right ./config options and I end up having to manually compile such packages myself, Fedora's media players for instance. I need not mention frequent crashes that used to plague my system.

Finally, portage gives me control over the size of my binaries, which translates into more memory and hard disk space for other stuff, among other researched optimizations of my choice. It is this kind of extreme customizability I yearn for, to mention a few. A binary distro will never give me all that.

Seriously when your computer runs at 3 billion cycles a second spending 3 days recompiling your system is not going to make it run much faster than with binary packages.[i]

Like I said earlier, I never had to spend 3 days compiling any package.(which package was that?) The majority of Linux packages are very small files that compile under a few minutes or lesser depending on your hardware specification. Besides, your CPU spends more than 90% of it's time doing nothing. What's wrong with giving it a little work to do once in a while? It's not everyday I install packages. It's not everyday I install gentoo. So it doesn't matter if it takes a few seconds less to install a binary package over a source package for me. Given my experience and situation, I'd much rather use a source package.

[i]Plus a prebuilt distro already has everything configured, try getting your iPod and firewire card working on Gentoo. I did it, however it took alot of work, on FC1 I just plugged it in.


Firewire and USB, works just fine here. If you have the proper options configured into the kernel, it should just work. Sorry to hear of your demise, but I hardly think it's Gentoo's or Portage's fault.