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[3]: I love Gentoo
by siride on Sun 16th Dec 2007 14:15 UTC 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[5]: I love Gentoo
by siride on Sun 16th Dec 2007 18:39 in reply to "RE[4]: I love Gentoo"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

Yeah? You wanna back that up with some facts?

The only thing RPM distros have against them is low number of packages, although that is improving over time.

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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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RE[5]: I love Gentoo
by siride on Sun 16th Dec 2007 18:38 in reply to "RE[4]: I love Gentoo"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

Yes, because RPM does dependencies based on libraries and files, not based on package versions and numbers. In this fashion, that kind of thing "just works" without any special features.

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