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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To all those who don't get portage...
by agrouf on Mon 17th Dec 2007 13:52 UTC
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rpm and deb do their job, but someone has to make them.
If you want to use firefox and openoffice, there are billions of rpm available for you to download ans use. Now let say you want that software that is available only as a tarball. I can make an ebuild in 1 minute to download, configure, make and install. No need to checkinstall and complicated stuff. My software is tracked with portage in one minute and if I want to upgrade to the latest tarball or with svn, it's just a file to edit and 10 seconds.
I'll stick to portage for now because there's nothing in Paludis I need and python is faster to mess with.
I switched to gentoo after LFS about 2 years ago because I made some scripts to track some of the stuff I installed on LFS and it became more and more difficult to maintain until I realized that eventually my scripts were just trying to do what portage was already doing so much better. For me, gentoo was just what I had dreamed. I switched and am having much more fun and less troubles thanks to portage.
Gentoo is not for everybody and for everything. If you don't get it, you probably don't need it. I use slackware for firefox and openoffice and I have mandriva installed for some other uses. Gentoo is ideal for tweaking when you need something really specific, for developping and for documentation and certainly a lot of other different things.
That's the first distro where my ralink card worked.
On slackware it didn't work, so I watched the ebuild and realized the driver was needing a patch to work. Patched the source and voila. Portage is transparent. It's a good documentation tool as well as a very powerful package manager and much more fun than any other package manager I know.
It is also the best way to legally use and track unpackaged proprietary software.

Edited 2007-12-17 13:58

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