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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RE[2]: I love Gentoo
by kev009 on Sun 16th Dec 2007 08:27 UTC in reply to "RE: I love Gentoo"
kev009
Member since:
2006-11-30

Yes, Gentoo is an excellent server meta-distribution. In fact, only the BSDs come close with their ports system.

Most people don't know of the advanced package manager that is portage. I can compile the whole environment on a workstation, export the package dir over NFS, and install -- get this -- BINARY, yes -- BINARY packages on the server. These packages can be TESTED on the build environment as well. Holy shit!

FWIW Easynews.com is almost 100% Gentoo servers, as are a few other businesses. Most folks think or expect Gentoo to be or fit one mold but it really doesn't. It scales from the CF router in my closet to the servers in my rack.

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RE[3]: I love Gentoo
by siride on Sun 16th Dec 2007 14:15 in reply to "RE[2]: I love Gentoo"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

You know, RPM can do everything Portage can do, but better and faster, and it also has really good binary support.

All the people who defend Portage like it's some sort of magical advanced package management system really don't have a lot of experience with actually doing advanced things.

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RE[4]: I love Gentoo
by jang on Sun 16th Dec 2007 14:52 in reply to "RE[3]: I love Gentoo"
jang Member since:
2007-02-03

And even so, dpkg/apt is lightyears ahead of any RPM based solution.

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RE[4]: I love Gentoo
by yokem55 on Sun 16th Dec 2007 14:56 in reply to "RE[3]: I love Gentoo"
yokem55 Member since:
2005-07-06

You know, RPM can do everything Portage can do, but better and faster, and it also has really good binary support.

It's been a while since I've uses an rpm distro, but can rpm provide a variable dependancy tree that changes based on how you configure a package? For example, if I want to install a gtk package that has optional gnome integration, can I easily disable that integration and not pull in a whole bunch of gnome dependancies?

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