On Wed, 22 Jun 2005, Colm Buckley wrote:
> Also note that most of the recommended Gentoo optimisations such as
> funroll-all-loops are optimising CPU usage against disk and RAM usage. On
> most modern systems, where the CPU is very fast and RAM and disk slower, this
> will lead to *decreased* system performance.
Most users don't do any of the stupid cflags stuff on the funroll loops
website and most of the devs hate it when people do. they're as much of a
joke to the gentoo community as they are to everyone else.
packaging is the major advantage in my opinion. I've had maybe two
applications which weren't in portage and a lot more which weren't in apt
when I last tried it.
> You also have to set the time spent compiling against potential savings in
> runtime; most Gentoo packages seem to version-up every couple of days, so
> there's virtually no chance that the (theoretical) runtime gains will stack up
> against the time spent compiling.
While I agree that there aren't huge gains to be made compiling your own
programs that last sentence is nothing short of rubbish. Versioning up
every day? only if you're running ~arch, and no one bar the devs would do that.
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