Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 7th Mar 2006 01:37 UTC, submitted by Valour
Gentoo "It's been a while since I last reviewed Gentoo Linux because there haven't been too many significant changes in the past few releases. I've been using it as my primary desktop operating system for a year and a half, though, and I've been running my main Web/email/database server on it since October of 2004. There's a reason why I've stayed with it that long, both as a desktop and server OS - and there's also a reason why I'm writing a review of the 2006.0 release after a long hiatus from Gentoo reviews." More here.
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Gentoo Binary Packages
by abhaysahai on Tue 7th Mar 2006 02:44 UTC
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2005-10-20

Though I myself do not use gentoo anymore, but can surely say that gentoo has many Binary packages.

Simple googling resulted in
http://gentoo-wiki.com/TIP_Providing_binary_packages

"In order to install the pre-compiled binary packages on your client boxes, you must use the emerge option -k. This option will use binary packages, if available, and will pull and compile the sources otherwise. So instead of using "emerge -uD world" to update your client boxes, you must use "emerge -kuD world".

If you want to see the available binary packages for updating your client boxes, you can run "emerge -pkuD world". This will show you for each package whether an ebuild or a binary package will be used for upgrading. "

Then there is the USE flag( PORTAGE_BINHOST) for binary packages
http://test.gentoo-wiki.com/TIP_Using_PORTAGE_BINHOST .

I myself remember openoffice-bin and (mozilla)firefox-bin as the once I had installed in 2004.

I am sure there are many other ways to get binary packages in gentoo.

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