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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butters
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2005-07-08

You're missing the point. In a binary distribution based on Gentoo, the packages would be prebuilt with a default make.conf. The user would have the option of building from source with custom CFLAGS/USE if they wish, but most users would be fine with the binary package most of the time.

It would be just like regular Gentoo, except you have the option (possibly the default) to install binary packages built with fairly conservative CFLAGS and fairly inclusive USE flags.

If you're familiar with Arch Linux, imagine more of that kind of binary/source hybrid packaging concept but based on Gentoo's ebuild tree, Portage/Paludis package management, and the rest of the Gentoo platform.

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dbodner Member since:
2007-07-01

If you're familiar with Arch Linux, imagine more of that kind of binary/source hybrid packaging concept but based on Gentoo's ebuild tree, Portage/Paludis package management, and the rest of the Gentoo platform.


Gentoo does do this, to some degree. Some of the bigger packages (such as openoffice, thunderbird and firefox) have -bin packages you can emerge, which are prebuilt binaries. The # of binary packages in there aren't that high, but the concept does exist.

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